What We Should Discuss in Mayapur?

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.12.42 | March 16, 2010 |

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

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The actual word is pāraṇā, and this reffers to the time in which one should break the fast. That comes on dvādaśī.

Or one is to fast on Mahā-dvādaśī because the previous ekādaśī is not śuddha, then one is to break fast on trayodaśī.

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