HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 27.1
27- Vaikunta Ekadashi-1.
VAIKUNTA Ekadashi falls in the month of Margashirsha (December-January).
This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu.
Fasting is prescribed on all Ekadashis, that is, the 11th day of the lunar fortnight, twice a month.
In this Kali Yuga, even if just one Ekadashi is observed with dispassion, faith and devotion, and if the mind is wholly fixed on Hari, one is freed from the rounds of birth and death.
There is no doubt about this.
The scriptures give us their assurance on this point.
Devotees fast on this day, observe vigil the whole night and do Japa, Hari Kirtan and meditation.
Some do not take even a drop of water.
Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk.
To be continued .....