Fasting is observed by the Hindus, generally once a month , on the 11th day of the Moon waxing and waning, called the Ekadasi.
The next day is Dwadasi when those who are on Fast shall break the fast by taking special,yet a simple Food.
This consists of Boiled Rice, boiled Agathi Keerai (Tamil), Gooseberry Salad with Curds and a Gravy made of Sundakkai Vathal.
Ekadasi 11th Day of the Moon Fasting
Agathi Keerai ,scientific name sesbania grandiflora and in English the spinach variety is called as august tree leaves or humming-bird tree leaves.
Medicinal benefits of Agathi Keeerai.
Strong bones are the main contribution of agathi leaves.
The vitamins and rich calcium, iron content in this variety of spinach supplies more strength to bones.
By taking some amount of agathi leaves daily prevent weak bones in older ages and arthritis. Agathi leaves strengthen the nerves of eyes.
Fiber 1.9 %
Fat 1.3 %
Water content 74.5 %
Protein 7.5 %
Calcium 120 Mg
Phosphorus 80 Mg
Iron 3.5 Mg
Vitamin C 165 Mg
B complex less
Minerals 3.4 %
In South india, gooseberries are boiled in salt water with little turmeric powder and stored. Then whenever we want, the gooseberries can be used to make chutney.
Gooseberry – 3 nos
Green chilli – 2 nos
Grated coconut – 3 tblsp (optional – Those who are having cholestrol cannot use coconut.)
Salt must be put in after checking since the gooseberry is stored in salt water, very little amount of salt is required in the chutney
1. Mix all the ingredients and grind to a smooth paste.
2. This can be had with dal rice, chappatti, curd rice etc.
Tempering: Mustard seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Asafoetida, Oil, Curry leaves and a piece of Red chilli.
Variation: Add 3 tblsp of beaten curd to it to make it little watery.
This is gooseberry pachadi .
Eating nellikai during pregnancy gives vitamin c.
The fruit contains high amount of vitamin C. So consumption of amla provides high level of vitamin C to body.
Nellikai is known as natural laxative.
It is rich in fibre.
Regular consumption of raw amla relieves the problem of constipation.
To treat chronic cough and cold, mix 1 tsp amla powder with 1 tsp honey and consume this mixture three times a day.
You might have been heard abut nellikai juice benefits in tamil siddha medicine. Mix amla juice in water and gargle with this water to get rid of mouth ulcers and ever bad breathe.
If you are suffering form joint pain of knee pain then is the best treatment for this. The anti-inflammatory property of not only reduces the pain but also helps to lessen the swelling. It is advised for the patients to consume raw amla or amla juice daily.
Ayurveda suggest Nellikai for the treatment of sleeplessness or insomniac condition. Nellikai oil massage is good for body pain.
If you are suffering form joint pain of knee pain then amla is the best treatment for this. The anti-inflammatory property of amla not only reduces the pain but also helps to lessen the swelling. It is advised for the patients to consume raw nelikai or amla juice daily.
As it is rich in vitamin C, amla is always suggested in the treatment of eyes. Regular consumption of amla or amla products are suggested by the eye specialists. It not only improves the vision but also reduces itching, redness and other eye problems in eyes.
Amla cures indigestion. Amla is a natural blood purifier. It washes off harmful toxins from the body. The troubles related to liver and bladder is also cured with the consumption of amla.
Amla is beneficial in treatment of respiratory problems like Asthma.
Studies have proved that amla is beneficial in treatment for cancer patients.
Those who want to shed their weight, amla can be useful for them. Amla increases protein metabolism in body and thus helps to reduce weight.
Amla is rich in vitamin C and thus work as immunity builder.
Nellikai and diabetes: Nellikai is very useful ayurvedic diabetic treatment.
Amla, the wonder fruit contains high level of chromium which is useful in reducing blood glucose level and thus helps to control diabetes.
What Mahabharata says on Fasting-Santi Parva, Section CCXXI.
Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Yudhishthira said: Common people say that fasting is TAPAS (penances). Is fasting, however, really so, or is penance something different?”
Bhishma said: People do regard fast, measured by months or fortnight or days, as penance. In the opinion, however of the good, such is not penance. On the other hand, fast is an impediment to the acquisition of the knowledge of the Soul. The renunciation of acts (that is so difficult for all) and humility (consisting in the worship of all creatures and consideration for them all) constitute the highest penance. That is distinguished above all kinds of penance.
He who betakes himself to such penance is regarded as one that is always fasting and that is always leading a life of Brahmacharya (celibacy). Such a Brahman will become a Muni always, a deity evermore, even if he lives in the bosom of a family. He will become a vegetarian always, and pure forever. He will become an eater always of ambrosia, and an adorer always of gods and guests. Indeed, he will be regarded as one always subsisting on sacrificial remnants, as one ever devoted to the duty of hospitality, as one always full of faith, and as one ever worshipping gods and guests.
Yudhishthira said: How can one practising such penance come to be regarded as one that is always fasting or as one that is ever devoted to the vow of Brahmcharya, or as one that is always subsisting upon sacrificial remnants or as one that is ever regardful of guests?
Bhishma said: He will be regarded as one that is always fasting if he eats once during the day and once during the night at the fixed hours without eating during the interval. Such a Brahman, by always speaking the truth and by adhering always to wisdom, and by going to his wife only in her season and never at other times, becomes a Brahmacharin (celibate). By never eating meat of animals not killed for sacrifice, he will become a strict vegetarian. By always becoming charitable he will become ever pure, and by abstaining from sleep during the day he will become one that is always wakeful. That Brahman who never eats till gods and guests are fed, wins, by such abstention, heaven itself.
He is said to subsist upon remnants, who eats only what remains after feeding the gods, the Pitris, servants, and guests. Such men win numberless regions of felicity in next life. To their homes come, with Brahman himself, the gods and the Apsaras. They who share their food with the deities and the Pitris pass their days in constant happiness with their sons and grandsons and at last, leaving off this body, attain to a very high end.
From The Mahabharata
Anusasana Parva Section CVI
Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli
What are the merits of fasting during
the month of Sravana and other months?
Yudhishthira said: The disposition is seen in all the orders of men, of observing fasts.
The reason, however, of this is not known to us.
It has been heard by us that only Brahmanas and Kshatriyas should observe the vow of fasts
. How, O Grandsire, are the other orders to be taken as earning any merit by the observance of fasts?
How have vows and fasts come to be observed by persons of all orders, O king?
What is that end to which one devoted to the observance of fasts attains?
It has been said that fasts are highly meritorious and that fasts are a great refuge.
O prince of men, what is the fruit that is earned in this world by the man that observe fasts?
By what means is one cleansed of one’s sins?
By what means does one acquire righteousness?
By what means, O best of the Bharatas, does one succeed in acquiring heaven and merit?
After having observed a fast, what should one give away?
In former days, O king, I heard of these high merits, O chief of Bharata’s race as attaching to the observance of fasts according to the ordinance,
I had O Bharata, asked the Rishi Angirasa of high ascetic merit, the very same questions which thou hast asked me today.
Questioned by me thus, the illustrious Rishi, who sprang from the sacrificial fire, answered me even thus in respect of the observance of fasts according to the ordinance.
As regards Brahmanas and Kshatriyas, fasts for three nights at a stretch are ordained for them, O delighter of the Kurus.
Indeed, O chief of men, a fast for one night, for two nights, and for three nights, may be observed by them.
As regards Vaisyas and Sudras, the duration of fasts prescribed for them is a single night.
If, from folly, they observe fasts for two or three nights, such fasts never lead to their advancement. Indeed, for Vaisyas and Sudras, fasts for two nights have been ordained (on certain special occasions).
Fasts for three nights, however, have not been laid down for them by persons conversant with and observant of duties.
That man of wisdom who, with his senses and soul under control, O Bharata, fasts, by abstaining from one of the two meals, on the fifth and the sixth days of the moon as also on the day of the full moon, becomes endued with forgiveness and beauty of person and conversance with the scriptures.
Such a person never becomes childless and poor.
He who performs sacrifices for adoring the deities on the fifth and the sixth days of the moon, transcends all the members of his family and succeeds in feeding a large number of Brahmanas.
He, who observes fasts on the eighth and the fourteenth days of the dark fortnight, becomes freed from maladies of every kind and possessed of great energy.
The man who abstains from one meal every day throughout the month calledMargasirsha, should with reverence and devotion, feeds a number of Brahmanas.
By so doing he becomes freed from all his sins. Such a man becomes endued with prosperity. He becomes endued with energy. In fact, such a person reaps an abundance of harvest from his fields, acquires great wealth and much corn.
That man, who passes the whole month of Pausha, abstaining every day from one of two meals, becomes endued with good fortune and agreeable features and great fame.
He who passes the whole month of Magha, abstaining every day from one of the two meals, takes birth in a high family and attains to a position of eminence among his kinsmen.
He who passes the whole month of Bhagadaivata (Phalgun), confining himself every day to only one meal becomes a favourite with women who, indeed, readily own his sway.
He who passes the whole of the month of Chaitra, confining himself every day to one meal, takes birth in a high family and becomes rich in gold, gems, and pearls.
The person, whether male or female, who passes the month of Vaisakha, confining himself or herself every day to one meal, and keeping his or her senses under control, succeeds in attaining to a position of eminence among kinsmen.
The person who passes the month of Jyaishtha confining himself every day to one meal a day, succeeds in attaining to a position of eminence and great wealth. If a woman, she reaps the same reward.
He who passes the month of Ashadha confining himself to one meal a day and with senses steadily concentrated upon his duties, becomes possessed of much corn, great wealth, and a large progeny.
He who passes the month of Sravana confining himself to one meal a day, receives the honours of Abhisheka wherever he may happen to reside, and attains to a position of eminence among kinsmen whom he supports.
That man who confines himself to only one meal a day for the whole month ofProshthapada (Bhadrapad), becomes endued with great wealth and attains, to swelling and durable affluence.
The man who passes the month of Aswin, confining himself to one meal a day, becomes pure in soul and body, possessed of animals and vehicles in abundance, and a large progeny.
He who passes the month of Kartika, confining himself to one meal every day, becomes possessed of heroism, many spouses, and great fame.
I have now told thee, O chief of men what the fruits are that are obtained by men observing fasts for the two and ten months in detail
There is no Sastra superior to the Veda.
There is no person more worthy of reverence than the mother.
There is no acquisition superior to that of Righteousness, and no penance superior to fast.
There is nothing, more sacred in heaven or earth than Brahmanas. After the same manner there is no penance that is superior to the observance of fasts.
It was by fasts that the deities have succeeded in becoming denizens of heaven.
It is by fasts that the Rishis have attained to high success.
Chyavana and Jamadagni and Vasishtha and Gautama and Brigu – all these great Rishis endued with the virtue of forgiveness, have attained to heaven through observance of fasts.
In former days Angirasa declared so unto the great Rishis.
The man who teaches another the merit of fasts have never to suffer any kind of misery.
The ordinances about fasts, in their due order, O son of Kunti, have flowed from the great Rishi Angiras.
The man who daily reads these ordinances or hears them read, becomes freed from sins of every kind.
Not only is such a person freed from every calamity, but his mind becomes incapable of being touched by any kind of fault.
Such a person succeeds in understanding the sounds of all creatures other than human, and acquiring eternal fame, become foremost of his species.
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