Ashadha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is known as Devshayani Ekadashi which falls on the eleventh day of Ashadha month during the Shukla Paksh. This year it will be observed on July 23.Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi. . Hence, this day is considered to be ideal to propitiate Lord Vishnu and Mata Mahalakshmi. The sleep of the Lord is called as Yoga-Nidra which stretches over four months.
Devshayani Ekadashi comes just after famous Jagannath Rathyatra and currently falls in month of June or July on English calendar. Chaturmas, a holy period of four months in Hindu calendar, starts from this day.
Devshayani Ekadashi is also known as Padma Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Hari Shayani Ekadashi.
Rituals and Celebrations
* On the day of Devshayani Ekadashi, devotees take a holy bath in the morning and install the idol of Lord Vishnu. Devotees take a holy dip in Godavari river and pay their homage to Lord Rama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu).
* An idol of Lord Vishnu is given a holy bath and decorated with Shankh (shell), Chakra (Lord Vishnu’s weapon), Gadha, flowers and yellow clothes.
* The altar is decorated with floral, mango leaf and festoon hangings. People offer Flowers, Paan (betel), Betelnut, incense sticks, Prasad (sacred food offering) dry fruits and milk. Following the arati or waving of camphor in front of the idol, the observers of this vrat partake the Prasad offered to the Lord. As per their interest, people also observe strict fasting procedure on this day.
Things Devotees Follow
* Fasting on Ekadashi is considered to be extremely auspicious. Devotees observe Devshayani Ekadashi fast in order to receive love and blessings from Lord Vishnu.
* It is believed that by observing a fast on this day and following rules and rituals, one can attain peace and serenity.
* The ones who are not keeping a fast must wake up early and worship Lord Vishnu.
* For the Puja, sprinkle some Gangaajal on the Lord’s photo. After this, apply tilak and offer flowers to the lord. Then, light a diya using Desi Ghee and seek forgiveness for any sins that you might have committed unknowingly.
* Picking of Tulsi leaves and consuming onion and garlic on the day of Ekadashi is prohibited.
Following are the Parana timings (breaking the fast)
Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offence.
On 24th, Parana Time – 06:16 AM to 08:51 AM
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment – 6:25 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 2:47 PM on 22/Jul/2018
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 4:23 PM on 23/Jul/2018
Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyahna.
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The information given in this article is based on religious and cosmic beliefs, which has been presented in keeping with the general public interest in mind.