Ekadashi Vrat: What is this and how many ways you can do it, read below

Sonali Saha
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The Ekadashi Vrat is dedicated to the worship and fasting of Lord Vishnu. This date falls twice every month, once during the Krishna Paksha and once during the Shukla Paksha. It is believed that those who worship and observe fasts on this day receive blessings from Lord Vishnu. All their sins are said to be absolved, leading to salvation after death. Do you know how many ways one can observe the Ekadashi fast? That is, what kind of food is consumed during the Ekadashi fast?

The food during the Ekadashi fast, according to Pandit Shivam Tiwari, a priest from Varanasi, has faith as the first requirement, while the religious scriptures describe four types of Ekadashi fasts. According to Pandit Shivam, before starting the fast, the devotee should decide based on their willpower and physical strength during the pledge (sankalp). After that, without making any changes, one should fulfill this pledge.

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  1. Jalhari Ekadashi Fast As per this fast, devotees take a pledge to consume only water during Ekadashi. Most devotees observe this fast as Nirjala Ekadashi, meaning fasting without water, during all Ekadashis.
  2. Kshirabhoji Ekadashi Fast According to religious scriptures, devotees can consume preparations made from milk in the Kshirabhoji Ekadashi fast. In this fast, they can also consume juices from plants that resemble white milk.
  3. Phalahari Ekadashi Fast Phalahari means fasting dependent only on fruits during Ekadashi. In this fast, fruits like mangoes, grapes, bananas, almonds, and pistachios can be consumed. However, leafy vegetables should not be consumed under any circumstances.
  4. Naktabhoji Ekadashi Fast Naktabhoji Ekadashi fast means having a meal only once right before sunset. However, this meal should not include beans, wheat, rice, or lentils. No prohibited food items should be consumed during the Ekadashi fast.

What can be consumed during Naktabhoji? During Naktabhoji Ekadashi fast, mainly tapioca, water chestnuts, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and peanuts can be consumed.

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