Ekadashi March 2016 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in March 2016

Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi March 2016 dates are March 5 and March 19, 2016. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting on Ekadasi is considered highly meritorious, especially for redemption of sin, and is observed by millions of Hindus.

March 5, 2016 Ekadashi is known as Vijaya Ekadasi.
March 5, 2016 - Tiruvilwamala Ekadashi

March 19, 2016 Ekadasi is known as Amalaki Ekadashi. It is also known as Rang Bari Ekadasi as it is associated with Holi festival. Numerous rituals associated with Holi Festival begin on the day in North India.

March 19, 2016 –  Thirunavaya Ekadasi in Kerala
March 19, 2016 – Pankoddhar Ekadashi in Orissa

The preparation for Ekadashi Vrat begins on the Dasami day (10th day in a lunar calendar) – the day before Ekadasi.

On the Ekadashi day (11th 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. Some people stay awake during night.

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.