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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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Rules for following a Vrat/Fast

What are the general rules for following a Vrat/Fast? I know things like being nirjal or phalahar, praying with sincerity and staying up all night. Is there anything else I am missing? Do Purascharan ...
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Can women in their menstruation cycle fast?

Women can't (during their menstrual cycle) worship God because of them being impure, so does that also follow for fasting?
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How come there are multiple dates for Ekadashi fasting?

I live in London and I have recently started following Krishna Consciousness. I have also started doing Ekadashi fasting. Recently I made a new friend who also do Ekadashi fasting. We were discussing ...
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21 Tuesday Fast Questions for Skipping

Hi I need to know if it is compulsory to keep continuous 21 day Tuesday fast or you can skip some tuesday while performing 21 tuesdays fasts?
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How should you observe Ekadashi and Pradosh fasts when these fall on consecutive days (so Parana for Ekadashi is after sunrise on the day of Pradosh)?

Sometimes Parana for Ekadashi falls after sunrise on the same day as Pradosh/Pradosham. For example, here (in Tokyo) Ekadashi was on Dec. 4 and Pradosh was Dec. 5, then Ekadashi was Dec. 20 and ...
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My health is deteriorating. Should I continue taking fasts?

I've been taking fasts (Mondays, Tuesdays, Ekadashis, and Trayodashis) for the last two years. Before, I was able to fast continuously even for five days. I was also able to take many nirjala fasts. ...
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When to observe purnima fasting

Often the Purnima tithi is split between two days. On day 1 Purnima tithi beings and ends the second day. Therefore there is confusion regarding when to observe the Purnima vrat. Some say that Purnima ...
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In North-East India, in the Shakta tradition, what days of the week is the fast for the Devi-bhaktas?

Hopefully this isn't a duplicate of this question : Why each day of the week is dedicated to a particular god? Because I'm asking the vrat-din of specific Shakta tradition in specific region of India (...
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What is procedure of doing vrata of thursday?

What is the procedure of doing Vrata of Thursday ? What should we eat or not eat on thursday ? Should we eat only fruits ? Or should we give up only salt ? Should we eat only once ?
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What is the procedure of doing any weekly Vrata?

What is procedure of doing any weekly Vrata (fasting) ? (eg- Vrata of Tuesday , Thursday etc) Should we not eat salt on that day ? Or Should we live only on fruits on the fasting day ? Should we eat ...
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what fasting for good health days/events are happening every month?

There a specific days we all know about like Ekadashi and I think Purnima, that happens every month, so im looking for fasting (for good health) days that happens every month like ekadashi, is there ...
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What's the procedure of breaking ekadashi fast according to scriptures?

At what time on dwadashi, parana should be observed? What should be eaten to break the fast? Can ekadashi be not broken during hari vasara?
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Are Vrata (व्रत), and Upavāsa (उपवास) the same thing, or some difference exists? Is there any esoteric explanation?

Generally we use both these terms interchangeably: Vrata (व्रत) Upvasa (उपवास) But, sometimes I feel there must be a difference, even if a minute one. Like we famously refer Pitāmaha Bhīṣma as ...
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What days should we be fasting?

What days in the month is best for the body to fast for good health? I only know about Ekadashi and I think Purnima. Is there more specific days?
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Is doing shanivaar(Saturday) vrat found in any scripture?

If yes, is there any vidhi (procedure) given to observe shanivaar fast? Is doing shanivaar fast / vrata related to hanumanji?
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What are the fasting rules for 'triratri vrata' followed by Lila?

Lila did a vrata for pleasing Saraswathi. Fewer details have been given in Yoga Vasista regarding the fasting rules of the vrata. The relevant excerpts regarding fasting rules are given below Having ...
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Which vrata (fastings) should be done by a man for getting a wife or getting married? Any other ritual for getting a wife?

Which vrata or fasting should be done by a man for getting a wife (a good wife) or getting married? Are there any other ways(rituals) suggested for a man to get a wife? Edit: Some People are thinking ...
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Fasting more than 3 days

Angirasa first says As regards Brahmanas and Kshatriyas, fasts for three nights at a stretch are ordained for them. Indeed, O chief of men, a fast for one night, for two nights, and for three nights, ...
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Fasting on ekasadhi in Sutak

I fast on Ekadasi, but due to death of a family member, wanted to ask if I can fast or not due to sutak?
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Fasting as a reason for downfall of the hundred Kauravas (sons of Gandhari)

Consider the following verse regarding prohibited vrat Gandhari fasted on a day when the tenth and eleventh phases of the moon were mixed. Her hundred sons perished. Hence such days shall be avoided ...
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Who are eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?

Are women (married and unmarried) eligible to perform Ekadashi vrata?
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Diet for fasting in hinduism

There is a mention of fast in Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva about fasting which is continued for twenty-eight days, which is the maximum number of days of fasting. That man who having fasted for eight ...
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Should I keep Vinayak Chaturthi or Sankasti Chaturthi Vrat every month? [closed]

People advised me to keep Sankasti Chaturthi ...Later I found out about Vinayaka Chaturthi too ... So, Can I take only Sankasti Chaturthi every month or do I have to take both every month ?
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Should vrat be continued if it is interrupted by ashouch/sutak?

Let's say someone was doing vrat for the whole duration of Navratri. Then there is a a death in the family during this period. Should the person continue the fast or not? Is there a proper method ...
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Is there any relationship between fasting and karma?

I am eager to know and understand whether or not there is any sort of relationship between fasting(either food or water) and karma? Does any scripture clearly states that fasting helps in eliminating/...
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Are there any rules about which fruits may not be consumed during a fast?

The set of fruits in common circulation must have changed over time with contact with other cultures and experimentation for breeding new strains. As such do the scriptures say anything about which ...
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Fasting for health in Hindu scriptures

Fasting is an integral part of Sanathan dharma. It has several benefits. One of the benefit is health. Many people in India still think that fasting is mentioned in scriptures for spiritual benefits ...
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Foreigners knowledge about fasting in previous yugas

The following statement by Yudhistrira clarifies that foreigners are aware of (benefits of) fasting during Dwapara Yuga "Yudhishthira said, 'The disposition is seen, O grandsire, in all the ...
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Mention of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi as Masik Shivratri Tithi in Hindu Shastras other than Skanda Purana?

Aside from one previous reference I found in the Skanda Purana (What is the importance and concept behind Masik Shivratri?) is there any additional reference to Masik (monthly) Shivratri in the Hindu ...
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Eating Prasada during fasting

Is it ok to eat Prasada (naivedhya offered to God) during fasting day? Normally it is said that prasada must not be declined. Eating will break fasting vow?
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What are the astrological implications of fasting on saturdays?

I am thinking of fasting on saturdays, but I want to be careful about doing it. If you know the astrological effects of fasting, let me know.
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Tuesday Fast eating doubts [closed]

I fast every Tuesday since 3 years. Firstly I used to eat jaggery with wheat chappati but someone told me that once a day I can eat salty food also. But I watched somewhere and someone told me that ...
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Women fasting is sin? [duplicate]

Whats does this means in "The institutes of vishnu book" : A woman who keeps a fast or performs a penance in the lifetime of her lord, deprives her husband of his life, and will go to hell. ...
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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 praaschitta mantra if someone by mistake breaks fasting during holy month of Shravana?
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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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