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Shri Ekadashi and Chaturmasya Guidelines

 

 

The essence is to eat simply, once or twice, so that one can spend as much time as possible in spiritual activities.

 

Foods That Can be Taken All Days of the Year,

Including Ekadashi and Caturmasya:

All Fruits (Fresh and Dried)

All Nuts and Oils Made from Nuts

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Cucumber

Radish

Squash (But No Loki)

Green Papaya

Lemon

Jackfruit

Avocado

Olives

Coconut

Buckwheat

Jaggery

Milk

Yoghurt

 

Exceptions:

Pure Milk & Yogurt During Caturmasya

Sweets with Starches on Ekadashi

 

Spices That May Be Used on Ekadashi:

Turmeric

Black Pepper

Ginger

Rock Salt

 

Spices NOT Used on Ekadashi:

 

Sea Salt
Sesame Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Hing

Fenugreek

Mustard Seeds

Tamarind

Fennel

Celery

Poppy Seeds

Kalonji Seeds

Ajwain Seeds

Cardamom

Nutmeg

Cloves

 

Foods Restricted During Ekadashi:

 

Honey

Tomatoes

Eggplants

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Bellpepper
Carrots

Peas

Chickpeas

All Types of Beans - including products made from beans

(Papadams, Tofu, Tempeh, Grain Beverages, etc.)

 

Indian Vegetables retricted during Ekadashi:

Karela (Bitter Lemon)

Loki

Parmal

Toroi

Kunli

Drumsticks

Okra (Lady Fingers)

Banana Flower.

 

All Leafy Vegetables are restricted:

Spinach

Salads

Cabbages

Leafy Herbs

- Like Parsley, Curry Leaves, Neem Leaves, etc.

 

Grains restricted:

Millet

Barley

Farina

Dalia

Pasta

Rice

Corn

All Types of Dahl

All Types of Flour Made from Grains and Beans

- Like Rice Flour, Chickpea Flour, Urad Dahl Flour, etc.

 

Starches from Corn restricted:

Grains and Products Made from and Mixed with these Starches

- Like Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Certain Soft Drinks, Custard, Certain Yogurts, Puddings, Cream Cheese, Sweets, Candies and Tapioca.

 

Oils made from Grains restricited:

Corn Oil Mustard Oil Sesame Oil etc.

And Products Fried in These Oils: - Like Nuts, Potato Chips, and Certain Snack Foods.

 

Never Eat:

Onions

Garlic

Meat

Fish

Eggs

Carrots (Best if avoided)

  ...or products thereof.

 

For brahmacaris:

Shaving Head and Cutting Nails is done on Full Moon Days. 

 

Breaking an Ekadashi Fast 

If you have observed a complete fast (without even water), you do not need to break it with grains. You can break it with caranamrita or fruit.

 

If you have observed Ekadashi by eating fruit and vegetables etc., then it should be broken the following day by taking grains at the time specified in the Vaishnava Calendar.

 

Mahadvadasi is observed like Ekadashi.