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Devshayani Ekadashi 2023: Blessings of Lord Vishnu shower on Ekadashi fast, know auspicious time and method of worship

Devshayani Ekadashi will be observed on Tuesday, 29 June 2023.

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Discover the significance, rituals, and traditions associated with Devshayani Ekadashi and how you can celebrate this auspicious Hindu festival.

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Introduction:

Devshayani Ekadashi is one of the most important and auspicious fasts in Hinduism. It is also known as Ashadhi Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi. It falls on the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the month of Ashadha, which corresponds to June or July in the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, Devshayani Ekadashi will be observed on Tuesday, 29 June.

Devshayani Ekadashi marks the beginning of the Chaturmas, the four-month period of monsoon when Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on the Shesha Naga in the Ksheer Sagar (ocean of milk). It is believed that Lord Vishnu wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi, which falls in the month of Kartik. Devotees observe a strict fast on Devshayani Ekadashi to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu and attain salvation.

Also read: Apara Ekadashi 2023: A Guide

Legend of Devshayani Ekadashi:

The significance of Devshayani Ekadashi is mentioned in various scriptures such as the Padma Purana, the Bhagavata Purana, and the Skanda Purana. According to legend, once King Mandhata of Suryavansha was facing a severe drought in his kingdom. He prayed to Lord Vishnu for relief but did not get any response. He then consulted Sage Angira, who advised him to observe Devshayani Ekadashi fast along with his subjects. The king followed the sage’s advice and observed the fast with devotion. As a result, Lord Vishnu was pleased and showered rain on his kingdom. He also granted him wealth, prosperity, and happiness.

Another legend states that once Lord Vishnu was resting on his bed of Shesha Naga when a demon named Mura attacked him. The demon was very powerful and had defeated all the gods and sages. Lord Vishnu fought with him for a long time, but could not defeat him. He then decided to take a short nap and created a female power named Ekadashi from his body. Ekadashi fought with Mura and killed him. Lord Vishnu was impressed by her bravery and named her Devshayani Ekadashi. He also granted her a boon that whoever observes a fast on this day will be freed from all sins and attain his abode.

The auspicious time or muhurta for Devshayani Ekadashi fast in 2023 is as follows:

  1. Ekadashi Tithi begins at 03:18 AM on 29 June 2023
  2. Ekadashi Tithi ends at 02:42 AM on 30 June 2023
  3. Parana time (time to break the fast) is from 01:48 PM to 03:38 PM on 30 June 2023

The method of worship or puja vidhi for the Devshayani Ekadashi fast is as follows:

  1. On the day before Ekadashi, i.e., on Dashami, devotees should take a bath in the morning and perform their daily rituals. They should also clean their house and prepare an altar for Lord Vishnu.
  2. In the evening, they should observe a partial fast and avoid eating grains, beans, garlic, onion, and other tamasic foods. They should also perform Sandhyavandanam (evening prayer) and light a lamp in front of Lord Vishnu’s idol or picture.
  3. On the day of Ekadashi, devotees should wake up before sunrise and take a bath in a river, lake, or pond. If that is not possible, they should sprinkle some holy water or Ganga Jal on their head and body.
  4. They should then wear clean clothes and offer water, flowers, incense, lamp, and fruits to Lord Vishnu. They should also chant his name and mantras such as Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya or Om Namo Narayanaya.
  5. They should observe a complete fast throughout the day and night without eating or drinking anything. They should also avoid sleeping during the day and stay awake at night by singing bhajans (devotional songs), reading scriptures, or listening to discourses.
  6. On the next day, i.e., on Dwadashi, devotees should break their fast after sunrise by offering water and food to Lord Vishnu. They should also donate food, clothes, money, or other items to Brahmins or needy people as per their capacity.
  7. They should then seek forgiveness from Lord Vishnu for any mistakes or sins they may have committed and express their gratitude for his blessings.

The Region Where Celebrated Most:

Devshayani Ekadashi holds special importance in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, where it is celebrated as Ashadi Ekadashi. In Maharashtra, it marks the beginning of the famous Pandharpur Yatra, a pilgrimage to the holy town of Pandharpur dedicated to Lord Vithoba (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Devotees undertake this journey, walking long distances while singing devotional songs and carrying palanquins containing the idols of Lord Vithoba and his consort, Rukmini.

The festival of Devshayani Ekadashi symbolizes the eternal bond between devotees and Lord Vishnu. It teaches us the values of faith, devotion, and surrender to the divine. By observing the fast and engaging in worship on this auspicious day, devotees seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and sustainer of the universe, and aspire for spiritual growth and enlightenment.

Conclusion:

Devshayani Ekadashi fast is a very powerful and beneficial fast that can help devotees to overcome their problems and achieve their goals. It can also purify their mind, body, and soul and bring them closer to Lord Vishnu. It is said that observing this fast is equivalent to performing a thousand Ashvamedha Yagnas (horse sacrifices) or visiting all the holy places on Earth. Therefore, devotees should observe this fast with faith and devotion and attain the supreme bliss of Lord Vishnu.

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