How Kamada Ekadashi is observed
Those observing Kamada Ekadashi vrat should get up early in the morning, preferably during the Brahma muhurta (4 AM). After taking bath by rubbing soil on their skin, they offer prayers to Lord Krishna or Vishnu. Sandalwood paste is applied to the idol of the deity. Fruits and flowers are offered, and incense sticks are lighted and kept in front of the idol. Fasting begins from the previous day of the Ekadashi, on the Dashami day. Devotees should eat before sunset on Dashami day. The vrat period lasts for 24 hours and begins with the sunrise on Ekadashi day. One must refrain from eating anything at all during this period. If health conditions do not permit so, then only satvik food, like fruits and milk-based food, must be consumed. On the next morning, the vrat is completed with the donation of food, clothes, or other essentials to a pious Brahmin. Sacred mantras and hymns are recited in the adulation of the deity. People also read Vishnu Shastranamam to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Observing the Kamada Ekadashi vrat removes all sins and evil forces from the life and family of the individual. It bestows health, happiness, and prosperity on the individual. It helps him or she attain moksha from the never-ending cycle of life and death. Childless couples are blessed with progeny by observing the Kamada Ekadashi.