Ekadashi September 2016 dates – Monthly Fasting for Vishnu in September 2016

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in September 2016 – September 13 (in some calendars it is marked on Sept 12) and September 26. 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.

The Ekadasi on September 13 is known as Parivartini Ekadasi. In some regions It is also known as Jaljhulni Ekadasi. In some regions the Ekadasi is known as Smarta Ekadasi and it is on Sept 12,

The September 26, 2016 Ekadasi is known as Indira 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. 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.