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Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Indian lunar calendar. In October 2013, there are going to be two Ekadashis.

The dates of Ekadashi in October 2013

  1. October 15, 2013 (also known as Pasankusha Ekadasi or Papankusha Ekadashi)
  2. October 30, 2013 (also known as Rama Ekadashi)

On Ekadashi, devotees observe complete fast. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.

The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.

Ekadashi Upvaas, Vrata or Fasting is considered very important & beneficial for all householders. "Upvaas" means Up - Vaas i.e., to stay close to God. The purpose of fasting is to experience peace & bliss. Eating less enables the mind & body to function more effectively. This article describes the importance and significance of Ekadashi, Rules for keeping Ekdashi Fasts and Ekadashi Dates Calendar 2011. 

Rules for keeping Ekadashi Upvaas:

  • One should not eat any cereals ("Ann" in hindi) like rice, pulses, wheat etc. & salt.
  • If possible, one should stay on water-Drinking luke warm water or lemon-mishri (crystalized sugar) water is very good as it cleanses the hidden undigested food in the body.
  • If one feels hungry, then one can take milk or fruit.
  • Fruit should not be eaten with milk (therefore no strawberry shake, mango shake, chickoo shake etc.).
  • One should not eat food like "sabudana", potato chips, fried food, etc. Also Banana is not recommended on this day since it is heavy to digest.
  • One should think that he/she is keeping this vrat to please God & to progress further in "sadhana".
  • One should observe self-control.
  • One should do more of maun-japa (repeating the name of God in mind) in the day time.
  • One should do more of Dhyan & Bhajan by keeping awake for a longer time in the night.

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