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Ekadashi

11th day of each waxing and waning moon
Ekadashi is the Hindi word for "eleventh." Hindus observe 24 11th-day fasts during the course of the Hindu year, although some are more important than others. Each Ekadashi is held in honor of a different Hindu legend and has specific religious duties associated with it. Eating rice, however, is prohibited on all Ekadashi. According to legend, a demon was born of the sweat that fell from Brahma's head on this day, and Brahma instructed it to inhabit the rice grains eaten by people on Ekadashi and to turn into worms in their stomachs.
See also Amalaka Ekadashi; Devathani Ekadashi; Nirjala Ekadashi; Putrada Ekadashi
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RelHolCal-2004, p. 167
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