Ekadashi is dedicated to Sri Hari Vishnu and is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The dates of Ekadasi in October 2010 are October 4 and October 18. The popular belief is that observing Ekadasi fasting will help in redemption of sins and it will also help one in the path of moksha.
The Ekadashi on October 4, 2010 is known as Indira Ekadashi.
The Ekadashi on October 18, 2010 is known as Pasankusha Ekadasi.
The preparation for Ekadashi 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. Such people avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the morning of Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.