There is a quotation from the Skanda Purana admonishing that a person who eats grains on Ekadasi becomes a murderer of his mother, father, brother and spiritual master,
and even if he is elevated to a Vaikuntha planet, he falls down.
On Ekadasi, everything is cooked for Vishnu, including regular grains
and dhal, but it is enjoined that a Vaisnava should not ...
It is said in the PurAnas that the personification of all sins or the pApa purusha resides within the grains like rice on this day. That's why eating all grains including rice is prohibited on the EkAdashi Tithis.
The Kamakoti.com website quotes the Vishnu PurAna in this context as follows:
yAni kAni cha pApAni brahmahatyAdikAni cha | annamAshritya ...
A description and importance of monthly Shivaratri and its significance is provided in Skanda Purana - Book 1 - Maheshwarkanda - Section 1 - Kedarkanda - Chapter 33 - Greatness Of Shiva Ratri Vrata. The Skanda purana is also describing other Shivaratri's like Nitya Shivaratri , Magha Shivaratri and Maha Shivaratri .
According to Skanda purana monthly ...
The Linga Purana has the details in this & this chapters:
From the second link:
Sanatkumara Muni described the details of Pashupaata Vrata to
Maharshi Shailadi and Nandi Deva explained it briefly; Brahma and
Vishnu accomplished the Vrata foremost and was followed by Indra and
Devas and subsequently by Danava-Daitya-Siddha and others. This Vrata
There are two schools of thought on the observance of Ekadashi, and the calendar in general. Important days are noted by their tithi, which is a lunar phenomena, and moves independently of the sunrise/sunset.
Ekadashi timings have two major considerations:
fasting during the entire period of the Ekadashi tithi
one must break the fast (parana) after sunrise ...
Karthika month is one of the best among all hindu months for doing all kinds of religious activities.
From the Karthika Masa Mahatmya chapter in the Skanda Purana:
As regards Kartika Month, Bhagavan Vishnu always accorded high esteem
and whatever good deeds were performed in the ‘Masa’ were fully
accepted by all the Devas since they were readily ...
Nanda Vrata (or Nandyāvrata) was once observed by Devi Sati for good husband (Lord Shiva). This fast continues through one full year. It is described in Shiva Mahapurana, Rudra Samhita (Sati Khanda), Chapter 15 as below.
अथ सापि स्वयं भर्ग प्राप्तमैच्छतदान्वहम्। पितुर्मनोगर्ति ज्ञात्वा मातुर्निकटमागता।११।।
Sati on the other hand also got anxious to achieve ...
Godess Sati has observed this vrat to get Shiva as husband. This vrat is observed on the Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami (seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in any Hindu month).
Nanda Vrat is observed for getting good husband or wife.
It involves fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
One has to purify oneself before ...
In fact, Nirjal is the mandatory mentioned method. Nobody says we HAVE to eat. Anything else is less than ideal, depending on our will-power and physical strength.
Ekadashi fast in decreasing order of ideal-ness:
nirjal - not even water. but you can do vayu-bhojanam i.e. breathe air :) (actually there is tapas where you don't even breathe)
In Mahashivaratri, the principle rituals like Pujas and fasts are done during night. And, when one is fasting it is obvious that he has to stay awake during that period. So, devotees usually spend the whole night awake.
Almost all Puranas talk about this great Vrata.
From Garuda Purana:
This austerity is related with the worship of Lord Shiva and a fast ...
According to Skanda Purana Part six -Book Two - Vaishnav Kanda -Section five - Margashirsha Mahatmya -Chapter 13.Importance of Jagrana during Ekadashi Vrata, One should not sleep during both during day or night in Ekadashi Vrata.
Skanda Purana gives the possible explanation of this as follows.
जागरं ये च कुर्वंति कर्मणा मनसा गिरा ।। न तेषां पुनरावृत्ति...
There are many stories but one story i know is same as what you have shared in the question.
One day, Bhagwan(Lord) Shiva and Parwati went on a tour. They arrived at a temple in a place called Amrawati. Goddess Parwati asked Mahadev to play a game of Chausar (a dice game). When they were about to play the game, a brahman came and started preparing for ...
Your mother is right about almost every point she told you.
I eat meal at one time a day.
It is necessary to eat food on Hanuman ji's fast. You can eat fruits through out the day as Hanuman ji was a fruitarian himself. Make sure that before the dinner you offer some sweet to Shri Raam ji and Hanuman ji.
Taking service or help from a lady is ...
Kindly accept this answer to your just question as it contains references to vedic literature. Reference provided by iSKCON, Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada ki jai.
NOTE: If the holy fast falls on Dvadasi, it is still called Ekadasi in the Vedic literature.Furthermore, in Garuda Purana (1:125.6), Lord Brahma states to Narada Muni:"Oh brahmana, this ...
There are many legends associated with this auspicious day. The
well-known legend is that it was on Vaikunta Ekadasi that the amrit
(nectar) of immortality appeared, while churning the ocean. It is a
common belief that those who fast on Vaikunta Ekadasi, singing praises
of Lord Vishnu, will definitely be freed from the continuous cycle of
birth and ...
Performing this Vrata is more beneficial. We know that Lord Ganesha is the god of prosperity and dispeller of obstacles. Hence this vrata is recommended for overall prosperity and getting rid of obstacles in various areas of your life. By the grace of the lord one is blessed with health, wealth, and prosperity.
As the vrata ends in the evening, one has to ...
The Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa has the description of a vrata by the same name.
On the rules of Śirovrata
1-43. Śrī Nārāyana said :-- The Brāhmanas that will perform duly the Śirovrata, to be described in the following, are the only ones who will attain very easily the highest knowledge, destroying all Avidyā or Ignorance. So much so that the rules ...
NARADA-PURANA: PART 4: CHAPTER ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTYFOUR: Exposition of Vratas to be observed on the Full Moon and the New Moon days advocates Holika worship:
76b-78. The holy rite of Holika-worship is to be observed on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. The devotee collects all types of wood and cow-dung cakes. After duly kindling fire therein, ...
The following is from an online discussion forum with title "Mandukyopanishad for the Sanyasis"
The munDakas were followers of the atharvaveda who underwent a
special discipline as part of the study of their shakha called
shirovrata. The upanishad itself explains it thus.
kriyAvantaH shrotrIyA brahmaniShTa svayaM juhvata ekarShiM
aparigraha (Sanskrit: अपरिग्रह) is the virtue of non-possessiveness, non-grasping or non-greediness, is a part of Yamas.
And, Yama is a part of Asthanga Yoga.
Coming to the questions:
Is it a lifetime process or can we practice it for few weeks or
months like deeksha?
Does it have any limitations/exceptions?
To what extent does it permit to depend on ...