Recently on a Sathsang, I understood the values of Ekadasi Vratha, explained by a scholar. He explained the power of Ekadasi in various pakshas - Krishna paksha and Shukla paksha.
When I tried to follow the Vratha, I was stuck at a point. In the calendar (or in Panchang), it was mentioned as Ekadasi starts at 12:15 PM on Monday and ends at 11 PM on Tuesday (this is just an example).
Since this auspicious Vratha is shared by both days, when can one follow the Vratha?
- Ekadasi is Vratha day, on which the people must chant Namas in the night time without sleeping.
- The whole day, people must try to avoid drinking water, eating food and sleeping.
- The next day will be practiced as Dhwathasi Vratha and early in the morning, the Vratha has to be completed with a Sathviga food such as raw rice food or fruits etc.
Now if one follows the Vratha on Monday since Monday night has the Ekadasi thithi, when can he start the Vratha and how can he end the Vratha in next day morning? Because Ekadasi extends up to 11 PM, and if he ends the Vratha at early morning it will not be Dhwathasi.
Else if he follows the Vratha on Tuesday, the Ekadasi period Vratha will be a very short time i.e. until 11 PM.
What is the general practice in this situation?