[Advaita-l] Ekadashi Questions

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 06:10:47 CST 2010

 For most observations, the tithi during sunrise is the tithi for the day.
My understanding (may be flawed) that this holds true for ekAdashI
observations also. You need to get the panchangam for the location that you
live in and determine the sun-rise time. Some festivals like "nonbu" or
unusual in the sense that they need to be observed at a particular instant.

In the smarta sampradaya acchidra-ashvamedha paarayaNam (taaittiriiya
braahmaNam 3.7-3.9) on ekAdashI and kAThakam (brAhmaNam 3.10-3.12) on
dvAdashI are considered good. Some others traditions are the upaniShads
(AraNyakam 3.7-3.10) on dvAdashI. There's also a more elaborate tradition
where both sets are recited on dvAdashI along with aaraNyakam 6 (antyeShTI
or "kATTu prashnam"), and puruShamedham (braahmaNam 3.4).


On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 2:05 AM, sthanunathan Ramakrishnan <
r_sthanu at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>   I have some questions on Ekadashi fasting and the smarta. I will be very
> happy if learned members can either reply or point out to some books on
> this. I searched on the net but could find only vaishnavite views on this.
>   How is the ekadashi determined for Smartas. Should the tithi for the day
> be ekadashi (which I presume means that at sunrise, the tithi is ekadashi)
> or should ekadashi be the dominant tithi of the day. For example today's
> (Feb 24) tithi is given as Dasami and yet the panchangam says today is
> Smarta Ekadashi.
>    I also read some puranic quotes that seem to prohibit observance of
> ekadashi when the day has some dasami mixed in it. What is the smarta
> position and what is it based on. It would be nice if some members can
> explain the ekadashi determination with quotes from smrithis/puranas or
> point to some book on this.
> Thanks for your help.

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