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 2014 – July 8 (and July 9) and July 22. 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.
Please note that the first ekadasi in the month is observed on July 8 in calendars followed in North, East and South India. But the Ekadasi is observed on July 9 in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The Ekadashi Vrat on July 8, 2014 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 8, 2014 Ekadasi is known as Toli Ekadashi in South India.
The famous Ashadi Ekadasi in Pandarpur is held on July 9, 2014
The July 22 Ekadasi is known as Kamika Ekadasi. This fasting is also referred as Kamda Ekadasi in some regions.In North India and in some parts of eastern
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.