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Ekadashi is a sacred day, occuring twice a month in the Hindu calendar - on the eleventh day of the bright half - called Shukla Paksha and on the eleventh of the dark half called Vad Paksha (Padma Puran, Uttar Khand 36/5/80). A fast is to be observed on this day by all Hindus.

Story of Ekadashi
In Vachanamrut Gadhada II. 8. Bhagwan Swaminarayan has related the story of Ekadashi:
"Once Bhagwan Narayan was resting. A demon named Murdanav came and challenged Him to a duel. Suddenly a damsel appeared, evolved out of the Ekadash indriyas of God. [The ten indriyas (sense organs) comprise the five karma indriyas (mouth, hands, feet, anus and genital organs) and five gnan indriyas (eyes, ears, nose, skin and tongue). The ten indriyas along with the mind are collectively known as Ekadash indriyas.] Murdanav was so attracted to this damsel that he asked her to marry him. The damsel agreed, but only if he agreed to a duel with her, "Whoever shall defeat me shall marry me." Blinded by passion, he fought with her. The damsel killed him. Pleased with her, God granted her a boon. She asked, "O Prabhu! As I have manifested from your Ekadash indriyas, let my name be Ekadashi. I am wedded to tap (austerity) and I desire that people should observe the Ekadashi vrat (fast) and control their Ekadash indriyas on this day. Bhagwan Narayan agreed."
Ever since, Hindus fast on the eleventh day of sud (shukla) paksha and vad paksha of the month.

Ideal Ekadashi
In Vachanamrut Gadhada I, 38, Bhagwan Swaminarayan has elaborated that a true Ekadashi is when one withdraws the ten indriyas and eleventh - the mind, from their worldly 'foods' and focuses them on God and devotional activities. So moderation in daily leisure activities is desirable.

Ekadashi Observance
During Ekadashi, a waterless fast is ideal. However those unable to fast may take liquids, or if needed farari foods. Such fasting a Hindu tradition to please God, by controlling and curbing one's desires. Fasting once a fortnight eliminates the body's toxins and wastes. In turn this clears the mental apparatus, enhancing mental clarity and meditation. A clogged system leads to mood swings, malaise, laziness, lethargy and unhealthful oversleeping. Medical researchers do advocate fasting, on an average of once a week. Novices to fasting may initially experience headaches or/and nausea. These tend to clear up with regular fasting.
Farari foods include tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, carrots, turnips, suran - (a type of yam), dairy products, fruits, nuts, some vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes) and special type of grains (moraio, rajgaro). One can use all spices to prepare the farari foods i.e. salt, chilly powder, black pepper, turmeric, etc.

Nom, Ekadashi and Punam List, 2005 Vikram Samvat 2061
January 7 Mãgasar vad 11 Safalã Ekãdashi (Fast)
January 18 Posh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
January 21 Posh sud 11 Putradã Ekãdashi (Fast)
January 25 Posh sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
February 5 Posh vad 11 Shattilã Ekãdashi (Fast)
February 17 Maha sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
February 19 Maha sud 11 Jayã Ekãdashi (Fast)
February 24 Maha sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
March 7 Mahã vad 11/12 Vijayã Ekãdashi (Fast)
March 19 Fãgun sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
March 21 Fãgun sud 11 Ãmalki Ekãdashi (Fast)
March 25 Fãgun sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
April 5 Fãgun vad 11 Pãpmochani Ekãdashi (Fast)
April 18 Chaitra sud 9 Swãminarayan Jayanti, Rãmnavmi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
April 20 Chaitra sud 11 Kãmda Ekãdashi (Fast)
April 24 Chaitra sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Hanuman Jayanti
May 4 Chaitra vad 11 Varuthini Ekãdashi (Fast)
May 17 Vaishãkh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
May 20 Vaishãkh sud 11 Mohini Ekãdashi (Fast)
May 23 Vaishãkh sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
June 2 Vaishãkh vad 11 Aparã Ekãdashi (Fast)
June 16 Jeth sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
June 18 Jeth sud 11 Bhim Ekadashi (Fast)
June 22 Jeth sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
July 2 Jeth vad 11 Yogini Ekãdashi (Fast)
July 16 Ashãdh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
July 18 Ashãdh sud 11 Devpodhi Ekãdashi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
July 21 Ashãdh sud 15 Guru Purnimã
July 31 Ashãdh vad 11 Kãmikã Ekãdashi (Fast)
August 14 Shrãvan sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
August 16 Shrãvan sud 11 Putradã Ekãdashi (Fast)
August 19 Shrãvan sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Rakshã Bandhan
August 30 Shrãvan vad 11 Ajã Ekãdashi (Fast)
September 12 Bhãdarva sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
September 14 Bhãdarva sud 11 Jaljilni Ekãdashi (Fast)
September 18 Bhãdarva sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
September 28 Bhãdarva vad 11 Ekãdashi (Fast)
October 13 Ãso sud 11 Ekãdashi (Fast)
October 17 Ãso sud 15 Sharad Purnimã, Gunãtit Swãmi Birthday
October 28 Ãso vad 11 Ramã Ekãdashi (Fast)
November 1 Ãso vad 14 Punam, Dev Diwali
November 10 Kãrtak sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
November 12 Kãrtak sud 11 Prabodhini Ekãdashi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
November 27 Kãrtak vad 11 Uttpatti Ekãdashi (Fast)
December 9 Mãgasar sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
December 11 Mãgasar sud 11 Mokshada Ekãdashi (Fast)
December 15 Mãgasar sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
December 27 Mãgasar vad 11 Safala Ekadashi (Fast)

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