Ekadasi Fasting Appeal & Reminder

Sage of Kanchi

Maha Periyavaa

“Whatever happens in Bharatha Desam we need to ensure the King of all Vrattas Ekadasi has to be revived and practiced by all; This Vrattam is a Maha Dharma that was practiced very sincerely until two or three generations ago but has been robbed since then. We need to realize because of a couple Maadhwa elderly women observing Ekadasi Shuddha Upavasam sincerely today we get rains.” – Sri Kanchi Maha Periyava

“We do not become weak or lose our health if we observe upavasam, in fact it is the other way around. ‘Langanam Parama Oushadham’ (Fasting is the best cure or medicine) is what the Ayurveda Sastras say. It may be tough to start but with practice we can overcome it. With Bhagawath Bakthi and Sankalpam we will realize the fruits we get out of fasting which will strengthen our resolve to observe upavasams.” Sri Kanchi Maha Periyava

Jaya Jaya…

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  1. Kindly mention ekadashi dates…some calenders have two days mentioned.

    • I have mentioned this a few times. The blog has following all over the world and it is almost impossible to mention a date that works for all. Check your panchangam based on the country you live, your sampradaya and follow accordingly. Ram Ram

      • Panchangam does not help if ekadesi overlaps multiple days like the current one, it says Ekadesi starts from say 5:26AM on Nov 24 and ends at 7:44AM on Nov 25 at Chennai. Few daily calendars mark Nov 24 as Ekadesi and others mark it on Nov 25. So which day should we observe the ekadesi fast by smarthas and vaishnavas, if it is different?

        We need someone like our acharya or other learned pandits to explain what rule we need to apply to observe the fast and to break the fast as well (for example – if dvadesi ends by 6:30am, what can we consume before 6:30 to end the fast as full food may not be ready/cannot consume too early).

        There are different confusing theories on the internet but not able to find an authentic answer to this. Any help here will be good.

      • Ekadasi is a Thithi and is observed based on sunrise. Though a Thithi may span couple of days if during a day’s sunrise the Thithi is Ekadasi that is the day we should observe Ekadasi. This has been told to me by a few very learned Dharma Sastra pundits. Ram Ram

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