I was fasting since from 3 Years, But today one of my friend said that while taking dinner, I should start fast after the sunrise .

Is it true?

So, I want to know at what time one should start a fast ?

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    Ideally fasting should start before sunrise.It ends usually the next day after sunrise.But some people fast only till sunset ie half day fast.
    – Rickross
    Sep 17, 2016 at 12:57
  • BTw,for all those 3 years when u used to start ur fasting?Fasting should always start with sunrise(ideally before that time).For example one can't eat the wholeday and begin fasting from sunset haha ;)
    – Rickross
    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:07
  • In last 3 years I m doing it at 12am to 12 pm
    – N J
    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:10
  • Sorry mistake happened 12 am to 11.59 pm :)
    – N J
    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:16
  • From 12 amm at nite till sunrise u must be sleeping.So that's not a fast. You are actually fasting from sunrise till midnite.
    – Rickross
    Sep 19, 2016 at 5:22

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Hindu fasting is from sunrise till sunrise the next day on which the fast is supposed to be broken.That day is called the Parana day.Breaking a fast for a hindu is as important as doing the fast.(For example not breaking an Ekadashi fast within the prescribed parana time is considered an offence)

But fasting from dawn to dusk(sunset) is also prescribed in Scriptures.

I'll be quoting from the Essence of Narada Purana:

As regards Dashami Tithi, Chaitra Shukla is stated to be a day which Dharma Raja is fond of and after fasting till the evening, worship of the Deity with flowers, fruits, ‘Gandha’ etc. should be observed and at the end of the Vrata, bhojan and dakshina is to be provided to fourteen Brahmanas.

Bhadrapada Shukla Dashami is to observe Dashavatara Vrata to worship the Ten Incarnations of Vishnu viz. Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Nrisimha, Trivikrama /Vamana, Parashu Rama, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Kalki by day-long fasting and Brahmana Bhojana etc

Ekadashi has a special significance among all the Tithis as the Shukla and Krishna Paksha Ekadashis are invariably observed with Upavaasa, Japa, Homa, Pradakshina, Stotra Paatha, Dandavat- Pranama and Ratri-Jaagaranas followed by Dwadashi’s Brahmana Bhojanas and dakshinas. Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi is called ‘Kamada’ or the Fullfiller of Purusharthas and Sin-destroyer. Vaishakha Shula Ekadashi is known as ‘Mohini’and Krishna Ekadashi is known as ‘Varuthini’ when Purushottama and Madhusudhana are worshipped. Jyeshtha Krishna Ekadashi is called ‘Apara’ to worship Trivikrama, whereas the Jyeshtha Shukla is ‘Nirjala’ which is observed with fasting without water from dawn to dusk, and thereafter treat Brahmanas with Bhojan. Ashadha Krishna Ekadashi is called ‘Yogini’and is observed with day-night fast / puja and bhojan to Brahmanas on the following Dwadashi.

So,as one can see, fasting can be both from dawn to dusk and the whole day/night as well.But fasting should always begin with the Sunrise on that day.

Allowed foods on fasting days are milk,fruits,water(in Nirjala upvasa, however, even water is not consumed).

Prohibited foods are salt,pulses etc.

Sleeping during day time,cutting nails,hair,having sexual intercourse are some prohibited actions on a fasting day.

Hope this helps you.

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