Mohini Ekadasi: Vishnu the creator manifested as Mohini: his female avatar, to distribute the nectar of immortality
Ekadasi: Science of fasting during specific moon phase
The science: The moon revolves around Earth through 12 degrees in every 24 hour cycle of the day. When the moon is 180 degrees away from the Sun, we have a full moon and when it is conjoint with the Sun, we have a dark/new moon. During the 15 day cycle of the moon, it forms a trine with the Earth or Sun on the 11th day of the phase. The gravitational forces of all the involved bodies influence the water bodies on Earth and hence, we witness the tides being affected during the new and full moon days. Not just tides, Moon's gravitational draw also coincides with the biological rhythms of plants, animals, and humans. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16407788) As the human body is composed of 70 percent water, it is affected during the moon phases.
Why fast on Ekadasi?
Ayurveda describes the toxins of the body as Ama, which are created due to the residue of the digestive process. If these are not cleared regularly, they build up as Ama-visha(poison) and create vitiations of the doshas(body humors). Hence, the origin of most disease is within the digestive tract. From the 11th day of the moon phase, onwards to the 5th day after the full or new moon, the digestive process is slower than usual. In order to avoid complications, it is imperative to clear up the digestive tract of previous residues every 11th day of the moon cycle to prepare for the coming ten days of sluggish digestion.
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