Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Fasting on Ekadasi is believed to be highly auspicious and is observe by millions of Vishnu devotees around the world. There are two Ekadashis in March 2010. The dates of Ekadasi in March 2010 – March 11 and March 26
The Ekadashi fasting on March 11 is known as Papamochini Ekadasi.
The Ekadasi fasting on March 26 is known as Kamada Ekadasi.
The Ekadasi fasting preparation begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi.
On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day, the day after Ekadasi, with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
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