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Ekadashi
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, 2006 Vikram Samvat 2062-3
January 8 Posh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
January 10 Posh sud 11 Putradã Ekãdashi (Fast)
January 14 Posh sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Gunatit Diksha Din
January 26 Posh vad 11 Shattilã Ekãdashi (Fast)
February 6 Maha sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
February 8 Maha sud 11 Jayã Ekãdashi (Fast)
February 13 Maha sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
February 24 Mahã vad 11 Vijayã Ekãdashi (Fast)
March 8 Fãgun sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
March 10 Fãgun sud 11 Ãmalki Ekãdashi (Fast)
March 14 Fãgun sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Pragjibhakta Jayanti
March 26 Fãgun vad 11 Pãpmochani Ekãdashi (Fast)
April 6 Chaitra sud 9 Swãminarayan Jayanti, Rãmnavmi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
April 9 Chaitra sud 11 Kãmda Ekãdashi (Fast)
April 13 Chaitra sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Hanuman Jayanti
April 24 Chaitra vad 11 Varuthini Ekãdashi (Fast)
   
May 6 Vaishãkh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
May 9 Vaishãkh sud 11 Mohini Ekãdashi (Fast)
May 13 Vaishãkh sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
May 23 Vaishãkh vad 11 Aparã Ekãdashi (Fast)
    
June 5 Jeth sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
June 7 Jeth sud 11 Bhim Ekadashi (Fast)
June 11 Jeth sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
June 21 Jeth vad 11 Yogini Ekãdashi (Fast)
July 5 Ashãdh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
July 7 Ashãdh sud 11 Devpodhi Ekãdashi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
July 11 Ashãdh sud 15 Guru Purnimã
July 21 Ashãdh vad 11 Kãmikã Ekãdashi (Fast)
August 3 Shrãvan sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
August 5 Shrãvan sud 11 Putradã Ekãdashi (Fast)
August 9 Shrãvan sud 15 Akshar Purnimã, Rakshã Bandhan
August 19 Shrãvan vad 11 Ajã Ekãdashi (Fast)
       
September 2 Bhãdarva sud 9  Shri Hari Navmi
September 4 Bhãdarva sud 11 Jaljilni Ekãdashi (Fast)
September 7 Bhãdarva sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
September 18 Bhãdarva vad 11 Indirã Ekãdashi (Fast)
      
October 1 Ãso sud 9  Shri Hari Navmi
October 3 Ãso sud 11 Pashãnkushã Ekãdashi (Fast)
October 7 Ãso sud 15 Sharad Purnimã, Gunãtit Swãmi Birthday
October 17 Ãso vad 11 Ramã Ekãdashi (Fast)
October 31 Kãrtak sud 9  Shri Hari Navmi
November 2 Kãrtak sud 11 Prabodhini Ekãdashi (Fast, Nirjalã Upvãs)
November 5 Ãso vad 14 Punam, Dev Diwali
November 16 Kãrtak vad 11 Uttpatti Ekãdashi (Fast)
November 29 Mãgasar sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
December 1 Mãgasar sud 11 Mokshadã Ekãdashi (Fast)
December 4 Mãgasar sud 15 Akshar Purnimã
December 16 Mãgasar vad 11 Safala Ekadashi (Fast)
December 28 Posh sud 9 Shri Hari Navmi
December 30 Posh sud 11 Putradã Ekãdashi (Fast)

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