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Ekadashi Niyam: Why is rice not eaten on Ekadashi? You will be surprised to know the reason

Ekadashi Mythological Story: Ekadashi fast comes twenty four times in a year. Ekadashi is considered to be of special importance in Hinduism. Lord Vishnu is worshiped on Ekadashi, hence Ekadashi is also called Hari Vasar or Hari’s day. According to Puranas, the person who fasts on Ekadashi never faces any crisis in his life. There are some special rules for fasting on Ekadashi. Even if you are not fasting on Ekadashi, then it is very important to take care of some special things on this day. One of these is not to eat rice on the day of Ekadashi. Let us know what is the reason behind the belief of not eating rice on the day of Ekadashi.

Why rice is not eaten on Ekadashi

According to the scriptures, fasting on Ekadashi is done for the purpose of controlling the senses so that the mind can be kept pure and concentrated. It is believed that the lesser the amount of water in the body on the day of Ekadashi, the more sattvikta will be there in completing the fast. Eating rice is prohibited on this day. According to beliefs, by eating rice on the day of Ekadashi, a creature is born in the vagina of a crawling creature.

Legend of Ekadashi

The legend is that while running away from the anger of Mother Shakti, Maharishi Medha left the body with the power of yoga and merged into the earth. It is said later that Maharishi Medha took birth on earth in the form of rice and barley. It is believed that this incident happened on Ekadashi. Barley and rice are considered to be the medha power of Maharishi, who is a living being. This is the reason why barley and rice have been considered as living beings. Eating rice on this day is considered like eating small pieces of meat from the body of Maharishi Medha. 

Even today, barley and rice do not even need soil to grow. They germinate only by sprinkling water. Considering them to be living beings, they have been refrained from taking Ekadashi as food, so that the Vishnu form Ekadashi fast can be completed in a sattvik way.

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