Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting on Ekadasi is considered highly auspicious and is observed mainly by Lord Vishnu devotees. There are two Ekadashis in a Hindu lunar month. The dates of Ekadashi in April 2009 are April 5 and April 21.
The Ekadasi on April 5, 2009 is known as Kamada Ekadashi.
The Ekadashi on April 21 is known as Varuthini Ekadasi.
The preparation for Ekadasi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi or the tenth day in a traditional lunar calendar.
On the Ekadashi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses, performing pujas and spending time in temples.
There are also several Vishnu 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 12th day in a lunar calendar, with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
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