On this day people observe Ekadashi Vrat (Fast) and remain without food the whole day. This day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The preparations for the Ekadashi starts on the previous day i.e., on Dashami. On this day people need to eat only once in the afternoon and fast for rest of the day. People set up Mandaps with Lord Vishnu’s idol . Rituals like ‘Abhishek’ is performed to Lord Vishnu and fruits are offered to him. Devotees fast throughout the day. They sleep on the floor and maintain sanctity. The Vrat comes to an end the next day i.e., on the day of ‘Dwadash’ . People believe that they should break the fast on this day by drinking milk.
Legend & Importance of Mohini Ekadashi Vrat
The importance of this Vrat was described by Lord Krishna to Yudhisthir when Yudhishthir questioned about the most important Ekadashi. It is said that this Vrat was even performed by Lord Sri Ram in Treta Yug. When Lord Sri Ram was unable to bear the separation from Maa Sita, he was advised by sage Vasistha to perform this Vrat. After Ramji performed this Vrat, he overcame all the hurdles and brought back Maa Sita after killing Ravana.