Ekadashi

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The reli­gious oc­ca­sion of Ekadashi is ob­served by the Hin­dus on day 11 of the two lu­nar phases, ac­cord­ing to the Hindu cal­en­dar--Shukla Paksh, the wax­ing phase of the moon, and Kr­ishna Paksh, the wan­ing phase of the moon.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pan­chang, this day has been re­ferred to as Hari Vis­ara and Hari Din in the Pu­ranas, as it is cel­e­brated by wor­ship­ping Lord Vishnu--who is also known as Hari.

This day is looked upon by the Hin­dus and Jains as an op­por­tu­nity for spir­i­tual cleans­ing and ap­peas­ing Lord Vishnu by par­tial or full fast­ing.

Hindu cus­toms state that any in­di­vid­ual between the age of eight to 80 years should in­dulge in fast­ing on these aus­pi­cious days. The cus­toms, how­ever, ex­empt the old, sick and preg­nant women from fast­ing.

he devo­tees par­tic­u­larly re­frain from con­sum­ing grains and beans on this day, even the ones who are not fast­ing, be­cause they are be­lieved to be con­tam­i­nated by sin.

Out of the 24 Ekadashis ob­served dur­ing a year, each one is be­lieved to reap dif­fer­ent ben­e­fits, and is cel­e­brated with dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bha­ga­vat Pu­rana states that Ekadashi was first ob­served by Am­bar­isha, who was a devo­tee of Lord Vishnu.

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