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Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. Some Hindus fast on certain days such as Ekadasi, Pradosha kalam, Purnima. Some other people fast depending on personal belief and favorite deity. For example, devotees of Shiva tend to fast on Mondays, while devotees of Vishnu tend to fast on Thursdays

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Is there any festival in hindu religion celebrating girl child and why girls have to fast most of the time?

A person raised a question that why in Hindu religion we have "boy" centered festivals but none for girls. For example in north India we have bhai-duj and jhat puja festival in which family worship to ...
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What's the consequence of breaking fast after ekadashi parana?

I fasted for Shravana Putrada Ekadashi yesterday and unfortunately, I broke the fast 30 minutes after parana, but still on dwadashi day. According to drikpanchang, parana was from 07:41 AM to 08:52 AM....
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Can we skip fast if we aren't counting?

People usually does fasts in 2 ways. Either they do fasting till certain days like 11 or 16 or 51 days (depending on whose fast is this) ect. And some does fast without counting days. These are ...
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Prayaschitta (regret) Mantra when one breaks fasting during Shravana month?

Is there any Prayaschitta mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during Shravana month?
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What can we eat and what we can't eat during Mother Lakshmi's fast?

I have searched and heard too from many people but some say that we cannot eat salty food but some say we can. Confusion became even more because Friday is for both Mother Lakshmi and Mother Santoshi. ...
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What do sciptures say about partial fasts in Kaliyuga?

I have seen almost every people in today's time don't do fasts with shastriya vidhi OR we can say they don't follow full rules of fasts. For example: If we read fasts vidhi about any fasts then we ...
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Can we sleep while fasting on Ekadashi?

According to various Vaishnava web sites and various texts, during Ekadashi, one cannot sleep in the night, one cannot sleep during the wee morning hours, and one cannot sleep during the day or else ...
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What are the right rituals & food for Maha Shivaratri fast? [duplicate]

I would like to know the following: The right type of food for the fast, so what to eat & when to eat? The rituals to be performed before & after the fast? Any precautions to be taken? Any ...
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What is the prayaschitta for failing to keep an Ekadashi fast?

Is there any prayaschitta for not carrying out an Ekadashi fast in the scriptures?
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According to Hinduism, when does a day start? [duplicate]

Does the day start at sunrise or 12:00? For fasting and other reasons when we need to do certain tasks for 1 day. When does the day start?
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Why is onion forbidden in every fast?

Almost every vegetarian food is valid in at least one fast. Meaning, if one food is not allowed in a particular fast then the same food will be allowed in some other fast. For example, In Hanuman's ...
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Is Tapioca/Sabudana suitable for consumption on ekadashi

It is said that on ekadashi days one should not eat Grains. So going by strict definitions avoiding rice, wheat, lentils, other pulses etc. By that definition we can eat Tapioca aka Sabudana , so is ...
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Do we get benefit to not take rice during the Gyaras day? [duplicate]

During the Gyaras , it is said that we do not take rice because it prohibited during this day. Why rice is prohibited on this day even who has not taken fast? What should we do or do not do during the ...
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What are the spiritual and ayurvedic benefits of fasting on Poornima (full moon)?

According to Sadhguru fasting on Poornima is a good idea because whatever food is taken in becomes tamasic as he thinks that things deteriorate faster on such days. Now what are the spiritual and ...
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What is the story behind the Solah Somavara fast?

In the month of Shravana Lord Shiva is worshiped and many people observe the 16 Somvara Vrata. Now most descriptions I've read say that Lord Shiva and Parvati had a dice match and Parvati asks a ...
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Things that we need to take care on Lord Hanuman's fast

I am doing Lord Hanuman's fast (vrata) since long. I know some rules of fast but day by day new rules I am hearing by different persons (don't know how much they are currect). Here are rules which I ...
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About Skanda Shasti Fasting

Skanda Shasti is a famous festival in Tamilnadu. I want to know what is Skanda Shasti and Skanda Shasti Fasting? How to observe this fasting and pooja?
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When should I start a fast (upavas)?

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 ...
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Are married women allowed to fast religiously(vrata)?

In India a lot of women(both married & unmarried) fast for religious purposes. Many Vratas are there all throughout the year viz:- Varalakshmi Vrata,Mangala Gowri Vrata,Rishi Panchami Vrata(...
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Why do most people fast on Rama Navami but not on Janmashtami?

Why do people fast on Rama Navami unlike Krishna Janmashtami where we celebrate with lot of sweets?
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What is the reason behind fasting on Amavasya?

I have seen my dad doing fasting on every Amavasya in remembrance of my late grandfather i.e., dad's father. He usually will not have breakfast and lunch on that day and directly will have dinner with ...
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What is the exact way of doing fast on Shivratri?

When i asked people about fast on Shivratri, I did not get satisfactory answers. Different people believe different ways. I want to know the proper way of fasting on shivrari. Is that true that you ...
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When and what time does the Navratri fast end?

Could anyone can tell me when and at what time does the Navratri fast end? And how to calculate it?
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What is the importance of rock salt (sendha namak) in fasting?

Rock salt is given special preference in fasting, while there are several parts of India where no form of salt is consumed during fasts. What is its importance and why it is not followed everywhere in ...
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Why is salty food and food from grains not consumed in Fasting?

Foods that have salt and ones that are made from grains or pulses are not supposed to be consumed during fasting. What is the reason for such a practice?
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What is the importance of Ekadashi?

In Hindu mythology it is said Ekadashi is said to be most auspicious day among the fifteen days of of krishna paksha or shukla paksha and it is very good to perform any fasting or any ritual or pooja ...
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What are the best days to do fasting?

As a continuation to this question, What is the best day for fasting? As a techie I can comfortably fast only on weekends! So, can I do fasting on any day where I get less work? Are there any best ...
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What are types of fasting, does all yield same result?

I've seen good questions on fasting here. I would like to know types of fasting like some do it half day, some full day, some previous day noon to next day noon, some takes only lime juice, some takes ...
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What is the reason for not shaving during Shravan Month?

In Hinduism there is month named "Shravan" which known as very holy month of Lord Shiva. Many People do fast during this month. Some people do fast only on every mondays and some does full month. It ...
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Why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas?

I'm confused that why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas? What is the relation of not eating non-veg in Shravan Maas? What is the relation of ...
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Why do some Hindus observe fast during the month of “Shravan”?

Why do some Hindus observe fast during the lunar month of "Shravan"? What does it signify? Is it prescribed by the holy texts?
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What is the reason behind fasting (vrat)?

I have seen people keeping numerous fasts in an year. Where does the idea of fasting originate, and what is the reason behind keeping a fast?