Ekadasi Fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a lunar fortnight in a Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Keeping Vrat or Upvaas on Ekadashi is considered highly beneficial by Vishnu devotees. There are two Ekadashis in April 2011 – April 14 and April 28
The April 14, 2011 Ekadasi is known as Kamla Ekadashi.
April 28, 2011 Ekadass is known as Varuthini Ekadasi.
The preparation for Ekadasi fasting 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 with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
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