Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in July 2015 – July 12 and July 27. On Ekadasi, Fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.
Ekadasi on July 12 falls in the Adik Masa or extra month Hindu lunar calendar therefore it is known as Kamla Ekadasi.
The Ekadashi Vrat on July 27, 2015 is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. The popular belief is that the night time of the Devas begins on this day. Chaturmasa Vrata also begins from the day. This Ekadasi is also known as Hari Prabodini Ekadasi. The famous Pandarpur Yatra is observed on the day.
The July 27, 2015 Ekadasi is known as Toli Ekadashi in South India.
The famous Ashadi Ekadasi in Pandarpur is held on July 27, 2015
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. 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.