Ekadashi March 2015 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in March 2015

Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi March 2015 dates are March 1 and March 16/17 and March 31, 2015. 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 1, 2015 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 1, 2015 –  Thirunavaya Ekadasi in Kerala
March 1, 2015 – Pankoddhar Ekadashi in Orissa

March 16, 2015 - Ekadasi - Papamochini Ekadasi (in North, East and South India)
March 17, 2015 Ekadashi is known as Papamochini Ekadasi. (in western parts of India)

March 31, 2015 Ekadasi is known as Kamada Ekadashi Vrat.

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.