1 ) I a spiritually inclined person, I want to know which masa(Month) is the holiest. Because in each purana different months are described as holiest.
2 ) Ekadasi fasting is must, but by performing which ekadasi fast do we get the merit of fasting on all other ekadasi days (i.e best ekadasi), since it is very difficult to perform fast on all ekadasi days.
Further what is the procedure of observing the fast i,e which are the foods that are permitted to be taken excepting Rice(Annam). I would be happy if the benign swamyji can answer these questions.
1 ) ALL MONTHS ARE HOLIER IN THEIR OWN WAY. EACH HAS SOME IMPORTANT EVENT. SO IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCRIMINATE. YET, CHAITRAM IS GOOD BECAUSE IT IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL THE MONTHS. WHERE AS MARGASI:RSHA IS BETTER BECAUSE ALL THE CROPS ARE REACHING ON TO HAND TO ENJOY. SO ON AND SO FORTH.
2 ) AGAIN EACH OF THE EKADASIS HAS ITS OWN MERIT. YET, VIAKUNTTA E:KA:DASI IS BETTER TO OBSERVE, ATLEAST, IF NOT ALL.
3 ) ONE NEEDS TO DO THE REGULAR SANDHYA AND PUJA TAKE THEERTHAMS. OFFERING UNCOOKED FOOD LIKE FRUITS ETC., IS GOOD. OR ELSE, OFFER SOME PREPARATION WITH SWEET AND FLOUR USING THINGS OTHER THAN RICE AND OFFER THEM TO THE LORD. USING SALT ALSO IS NOT GOOD ON E:KA:DASI. THEN TAKE PRASADAM AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. OR REDUCE TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE ON THAT DAY.