The day after Dasara is Ekadashi. After all the items and sweet dishes we have eaten over the past 10 days, isn’t it time to fast? I think it is. So, what’s Ekadashi?
We madwas observe Ekadashi by fasting on that day. The name Ekadashi means eleventh, ek being 1 and das being 10, and refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. Ekadashi comes twice a month. On the Ekadashi day strict fasting is observed from all grains, beans, cereals and certain vegetables and spices.
There are many people who just go to the Rayara Matt, take thirtha and fast for the entire day. On the other hand, there are many people for whom Ekadashi is just refraining from eating Rice. It’s a big no no to eat onion or garlic during Ekadashi. No store brought items or eating food from a restaurant either.
Some people just eat fruits, some eat just avalakki, some sabudani khicadi. It depends on your stamina as well. I also think by doing ekadashi, we are able to control our instincts as well. It takes a lot of determination to refrain from eating certain things.
Do you fast on Ekadashi? Share your thoughts and opinions here.