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Ekadassi

Sri Ekadasi

The Holy Day of Sri Hari
EkAdasii Meditation – sadhana
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s Navadwip Panjika Intro’:
Vaishnava Calendar Page – with links to current years’ Events and EkAdasiis:
Ekadasi Vratas according to Hari Bhakti Vilas smriti:
Sadachara Vinodha book by Sri Vyasanakare Prabhanjanacharya
Each and Every EkAdasii in detail – their observances, benefits, and individual origin:
Basic Rules for understanding the Vaishnava Calendar – Panjika:
Srila Prabhupada speaking about Ekadasi – many quotes:
The Story of Ekadasi – how the day came to be:
The significance of Mahadwadasii:
All Ekadasiis:
How to break an ekadasi fast:
Ayurvedic understanding of breaking the fast on the dwadasi morning:
Vaishnava Calendar Software 4 FREE
EkAdasii RecipiesNow AvailableEkadasi humour……

Ekadasi Morning Meditation on the Lord:

Lotus Feet: Om Damodaraya Namah
Thighs: Om Madhavaya Namah
Private Parts: Om Kamapataye Namah
Hips: Om Vamanaya Namah
Navel: Om Padmanabhaya Namah
Stomach: Om Vishvamutaye Namah
Heart: Om Jnanagamyaya Namah
Throat: Om Srikanthaya Namah
Arms: Om Sahasrabahave Namah
Lotus Eyes: Om Paramayogine Namah
Forehead: Om Urugayai Namah
Nose: Om Narakeshvaraya Namah
Hair: Om Sarvakamadaya Namah
Head: Om Sahasrashirshaya Namah

Midday: Bathe in river, lake or pond. Chant, while smearing mud upon body: “O Asvakrante! O Rathakranthe! O Visnukranthe! O Mrttike! O Mother Earth! Kindly remove all the sins I have accumulated throughout many past lives so that I may enter the sacred abode of the Supreme Lord.”

Light fortnight Ekadasi: meditate upon the 12 holy names
of Lord Vishnu while applying tilaka.

Dark fortnight: meditate upon 16 holy names:
om vasudevaya namah, om keshavaya namah, om narayanah namah, om madhavaya namah, om sankarshanaya namah, om govindaya namah, om vaishnave namah, om madhusudanaya namah, om pradyumnaya namah, om trivikramaya namah, om vamanaya namah, om sridharaya namah, om aniruddhaya namah, om hrishikeshaya namah, om padmanabhaya namah, om damodarayah namah.

One should read about the particular Ekadasi (The Ekadasi book).

Do not sleep in day, take massage, engage in sex life,
take intoxication, touch impure people, shave.

On Dvadasi, one should not sleep in the day, eat in another’s home, eat more than once, eat urad dahl, rub oil on the body. One may break the fast at the right time by drinking water if eating is difficult to arrange.

“O sages, one who hears about these Ekadasis will learn how to observe them properly.Each Ekadasi bestows particular benefits on the faithful observer. “One who is physically unable to fast on Ekadasi may read the glories of each Ekadasi when it occurs and recite all the names of the Ekadasis; thus he will achieve the same goal as the person who observes the full Ekadasi vow.” (or fast to the best of their ability while still observing ekadasi)

A small on-line booklet on EkAdasii vichAra and AchAra, line of Madhwacharya.

More from the Madhwa line of Vaishnavas here:

Srila Prabhupada speaking about Ekadasi – many quotes

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