rice on ekadashi

it's well known that eating rice on Ekadashi is a sin but is it true that after visiting Jaggannath puri dham and having lord's darshanam one can have rice on ekadashi?
one of my friend told me this, so i jst want to clear my doubt.
Hare Krishna:)

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  • Volunteer

    Hare Krsna,


    His Divine Grace, A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, has given quotes in books, lectures and especially in conversations with other devotees. The quotes below come from his Divine Grace.


    "On Ekädasi, everything is cooked for Vishnu, including regular grains and dhal, but it is enjoined that a Vaishnava should not even take vishnu-prasädam on Ekädasi. It is said that a Vaishnava does not accept anything eatable that is not offered to Lord Vishnu, but on Ekädasi a Vaishñava should not touch even mahä-prasädam offered to Vishñu, although such prasädam may be kept for being eaten the next day. It is strictly forbidden for one to accept any kind of grain on Ekädasi, even if it is offered to Lord Vishñu".


    "Since the living entities of Kali yuga are short lived and lusty, they are unable to perform severe austerity. The living entities of Kali yuga subsist on food grains and cannot survive without eating these grains. People of Satya, Treta and Dvapara yugas were capable of undergoing severe austerity and tolerate physical distresses. This is why a minimum austerity in the form of fasting twice a month on the days of Ekadasi has been prescribed for the people of Kali yuga. If they are able they should eat only once the day before Ekadasi, fast totally on the day of Ekadasi and eat only once the day after Ekadasi. If one is unable to follow even this, in other words if one is unable to eat only once on the day before and after Ekadasi, than he must observe complete fast on the day of Ekadasi. If one is still unable to follow this then he should give up eating five types of grains and observe the vow of Ekadasi simply by partaking some fruits and roots. The five types of grains are:

    1. rice or other products made from rice such as flat rice, puffed rice etc.;
    2. wheat flour and white flour etc.;
    3. barley etc.;
    4. pulses such as moong, chickpea, green peas, lentil, etc.;
    5. mustard oil and sesame oil.

    (Comment: The way Srila Prabhupada asked us to follow Ekadasi was to fast from grains and beans. Full fasting was never encouraged by His Divine Grace. Rather than emphasize various dry austerities, he put greater emphasis on service (which is sometimes hampered by fasting, and perhaps further hampered for many days by staying up all night). Therefore Srila Prabhupada only insisted on 4 full fast days a year for certain Appearance Days and eating very simply on Ekadasis. Full fasting (and optionally for every Ekadasi) is an optional vrata and good if it inspires a deeper feeling of love for Krsna."


    Hari Bol,
  • Volunteer

    NO that is not true. What I have heard is that that Kali had been tied by iron chains in Puri temple and that is the reason they eat rice on ekadasi in puri only. Fortunately, I was in puri for a ekadasi in the moth of April and I saw ISKCON devotees not taking grains. I had been to Govindas there and they were serving Rice for non devotees and for devotees there was non grain prasadam also available.


    Hare krishna.

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