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(1) The person who wants to observe Apara Ekadashi fast should get up early in the morning on Dashami Tithi, a day before Ekadashi. He should take a bath and perform his daily routine. He should have a single meal on Dashami Tithi.
(2) On Ekadashi , no meal is taken. (But if health does not permit, one should take some fruits and milk.) In the night the Vrati should hear the religious discourses or read religious books.
(3) On Dwadashi Tithi, the Vrati should break the Vrat after feeding the Brahmins and giving them some Dan.
The Legend about Yogini Ekadashi -
Kuber, the king of Alkapuri had a servant whose name was Hemamali. The servant's duty was to pick flowers for Kuber. He used the flowers in worshiping Lord Shiva.One day Hemamali got lost in enjoying with his wife and remained unable in carrying the flowers before the time of worshiping. At this Kuber got angry and cursed the servant to suffer from leprosy and become separated from his wife.
After going from one place to another (as a leper) Hemamali reached the Himalayas where he fortunately met a great sage Markandeya. Hemamali told him why and what had happened to him. Markandeya Rishi advised him,"If you observe fast on Yogini Ekadashi,you will be free from this terrible curse."
Following the advice of the Rishi, Hemamali observed the Vrat. By the auspicious effect of the Vrat he was free from the curse and became handsome as before.
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May this Yogini Ekadashi fulfill your wishes and bring you joy, peace and prosperity!