For three days, Ekadashi fasting is observed. The single meal is taken by the Devotees a day before the fasting day in the afternoon to make sure that on the next day there is no residual food in the stomach.
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The day of Ekadasi can be observed as an austerity – not using your favorite spices or not eating grains; it is believed to be the poison which turns out to be a sugary substance of let’s say nectar.
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On both days, Ekadashi fasting is kept by staunch devotees who seek affection and love of Lord Vishnu. One day after of Smartha fasting day occurs the Vaishnava fasting day.
For Smartha, when an alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested, it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi day of fasting.
On two consecutive days, at times, Ekadashi fasting is suggested. On the first day only, it is believed that Smartha with family should observe strict fasting.
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The second one, which is the alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for widows, Sanyasis and for those who seek Moksha.
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On Ekadashi day, devotees observe a strict fast and on the next daybreak the fast only after sunrise. During Ekadashi fasting, eating of all type of cereals and grains is prohibited.
Two Ekadashi fastings are observed in a month, one during Krishna Paksha and another during Shukla Paksha.
Ekadashi fasting is observed by the devotees to seek blessings from Lord Vishnu.
Devotees can choose to keep the fast with only water, without consuming water, with one-time latex food, with only fruits according to their body power and will.
However, it should be decided before starting the fast.
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