Ēkādaśi is the eleventh day of the lunar cycle sacred to Lord Vishnu. It is often observed by fasting from grains and increased spiritual practice such as japa and kirtan. At Kali Mandir we observe ekadasi with a special worship of Hanuman and the recitation of Sri Rama Sankirtana, a litany of hymns and names of Lord Rama.
There are 24 ekadasis each year, each with specific names and different benefits. The importance of Aja Ekadasi was mentioned by Sri Krishna to Yudhisthira in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. It is believed that when a person keeps the Aja Ekadashi vrata with full devotion, they become free of the sins commuted during the present.