What is Ekadashi Vrat?
A day is left to celebrate 'Ekadasi' basically the word Ekadasi means eleven. It is said to be the eleventh of the fifteen-day lunar month. In one of the lunar months the moon grows from new moon to full moon and in the following lunar month, it diminishes from full moon to no-moon. And every calendar month there are two Ekadasis, the light Ekadasi that occurs on the eleventh day of the waxing moon, and the dark Ekadasi that occurs on the eleventh day of the waning moon.
And it is also believed that all the Vaisnavas should keep fast on this day of Ekadasi, by fasting on this day it provides a great benefit for their devotional life.
According to the Hindu mythology and all the Vedic scriptures, it is said that all should keep a complete fast on the day of Ekadasi. Everybody from the age of eight to eighty of any gender or material consideration is said to be fast on this day to make their spiritual life in progress. And for those who are not able to keep this Ekadasi by eating once a day in the evening. Under the no conditions should one eat grains in any form on this day.
Beauty of Ekadasi
According to the Hindu mythology, it is said that a person who takes food or grain on Ekadasi becomes a murder of his mother, father, brother and also of spiritual leaders, not only this even if he is elevated to a Vaikuntha planet, he falls down. It is also strictly prohibited for the one who accepts or eat any kind of grain on Ekadasi even if it is offered to Lord Vishnu.
And in the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, it is also declared that one who does fasting on the Ekadasi day is freed from all kinds of reactions to sinful activities and advances in pious life. Keeping fast is all is important but it also increases one's faith and loves the lord Krishna. And the main reason to keep fast on this day is to minimize the demands of the body and to engage our time in the service of the lord by chanting or performing similar service.