Ekadashi (Sanskrit: eleven; also spelled as Ekadasi) or Gyaars is the eleventh lunar day (Tithi) of the "shukla" (bright) or "krishna" (dark) "paksha" (fortnight) of every lunar month in the Hindu calendar ("Panchang"). In Hinduism and Jainism, it is considered spiritually beneficial day. Scriptures recommend observing an (ideally waterless) fast from sunset on the day prior to ekadashi to 48 minutes after sunrise on the day following ekadashi.Fact|date=March 2008

Ekadashi is a bimonthly occasion that is mainly observed by Vaishnavas, although its observance is also open to followers of non-Vaishnava traditions. On the Ekadashi day strict fasting is observed, abstainance from all grains, beans, cereals and certain vegetables and spices.

Bhagavata Purana (sk. IX, adhy. 4) notes the observation of Ekadashi by Ambarisha, a devotee of Vishnu.

List of Ekadashis

The table below describes the various Ekadashis that falls at different time of the year.

ee also

* Vaikunta Ekadashi
* Shayani Ekadashi
* Shabbat

External links

* [http://www.hariomgroup.org/ekadashi Ekadashi Dates & its Importance Stories(Mahaatmya) ]
* [http://www.indif.com/nri/kathas/default.asp Ekadashi Vrat Kathas in Hindi at Indif.Com]
* [http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/encyclopedia/ekadasi.htm Ekadasi - background, references, etc. (Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition)]
* [http://www.harekrsna.cz/hkcz/main/download/vcal401.zip Vedic Calendar Program (freeware)] Calculates Ekadasis (and other dates) for any location in the world.
* [http://www.vaishnavparivar.info Pushtimarg Ekadashi Calendar]
* [http://www.gosai.com/chaitanya/html/calendar.html Ekadasi Calendar by Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Matha]
* [http://www.mypanchang.com/ Panchanga / panchangam for your city]
* [http://www.hariomgroup.org/ekadashi Ekadashi Dates & Mahatmya ]
* [http://www.utopianvision.co.uk/services/ekadashi/ Ekadashi dates for the year]
* [http://www.acbspn.com/ekadashis/ekadashi-story.htm Ekadashi Stories]

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