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Annada Ekadasi

Annada Ekadasi, also known as Aja Ekadashi, is observed during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in August/September. Annada Ekadasi 2016 date is August 28. In North India, it is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month. In other regions, the corresponding month is Shravan. It is believed that those observing this Ekadasi will be redeemed of sins.

It is believed that King Harichandra got back his kingdom, dead son and family after observing Annada Ekadasi. It was Saint Gautama who asked the honest king to observe the particular Ekadasi so that he will be able to overcome all the difficulties in life. The king got back all that he had given to Sage Vishwamitra. It is said that those observing Annada Ekadasi fasting is sure to be freed from all the sins.

There are no separate rules for fasting on the day. People avoid eating grains and beans on the day.

Ekadasi fasting is observed on the 11th day of a lunar fortnight and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

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Teachings from the Poems of Sant Ravidas

Sant Ravidas, a 15th century poet-saint and revolutionary, fought against social evils like caste and untouchability. He is also one the most prominent Bhakti poets of medieval period. You know nothing, ignorant Man,
Appraising yourself
You glow with pride.
Such a bride is unwelcome,
Upon her neck caw the crows of death.
O you vainglorious fool
Like the mushroom of Bhadon
You are so short-lived.

As the deer who knows not
That the fragrance of the musk
Lies coiled within,
So the Lord does live within.
Understand this
And you never again will fear death

Brother, the world is a game, a magic show,
And I am in love with the gamester,
The magician who makes it go.
Sant Ravidas