Devshayani Ekadashi 2017

Devshayani Ekadashi

About Devshayani Ekadashi :

Devshayani Ekadashi also known as Ashadi Ekadashi, Shayani Ekadashi, Maha Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi and Devpodhi Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day celebrated on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi Tithi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing moon phase) in the Hindu Calendar month Ashaad which in the Gregorian calendar falls in June or July.

Sanskrit word Devshayani means God going to sleep. It is belieed that on the day of Devshayani Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu falls asleep in Ksheersagar – cosmic ocean of milk – on Shesha naga, the cosmic serpent.

Lord Vishnu awakens four months later on Prabodhini Ekadashi. This period of four months of sleep of Lord Vishnu is often reffered to as “Chaturmas” and it coincides with the rainy season.

This Ekadashi is well known for the Pandharpur Yatra in Maharashtra. It is a religious procession of pilgrims (known as Warkaris) who carry images of various saints of Maharashtra in huge palkhis and reach Vithal Temple in Pandharpur after walking for several days and nights on this Ekadashi day.

Devshayani Ekadashi Story / Vrat Katha :

According to legends, once upon a time there was a king named Mandata. He was a highly prosperous king and took great care of his people.

Once upon a time there was a severe drought and famine in his kingdom. For three years in a row the kingdom received very scanty rainfall.  People of his kingdom were suffering which he could not see. He regretted the fact that he his not able to solve the problem and not able to help people of his kingdom.

In search of a solution to please rain gods, King Mandata wandered from here to there. One day he came across sage Angira who advised him to observe Devshayani Ekadashi Vrata to please the rain gods.

Soon King Mandata along with all his family members observed Devshayani Ekadashi Vrata with great devotion. Lord Vishnu got pleased and soon rains returned to the kingdom and withing few months, people of the kingdom gained their lost glory, happiness and prosperity.

Since then people have been observing Devshayani Ekadashi Vrata with great devotion.

Devshayani Ekadashi Puja Vidhi :

The Puja Vidhi performed during Devshayani Ekadashi is similar to that followed during other Ekadashi’s.

Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a strict fast which is broken on the next day during the parana time. During this fast, devotees cannot consume any type of food like fruits and milk that can be consumed in other Ekadashi’s. In fact devotees have to observe this fast without consuming water as well.

During Devshayani Ekadashi, devotees worship Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi and offer them fruits, Tulsi leaves and sweets.

On this day, people of Maharashtra, especially Maharashtrians worship Vithoba / Vitthal – an incarnation of Lord Vishnu while people of Orissa worship Lord Jagannath.

People also worship Lord Krishna and Lord Rama on this day.

Devshayani Ekadashi Mantra :

On the auspicious day of Devshayani Ekadashi, devotees can chant any of these Vishnu Mantra and Slokas on this auspicious day – Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya Mantra, Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram or Vishnu Ashtottaram.

Maharashtrians chant Marathi devotional mantra or song – “Vitthal Vitthal Vitthala Hari Om Vithala”

Devshayani Ekadashi 2017 Date :

  • Devshayani Ekadashi / Ashadi Ekadashi – 4th July 2017

Devshayani Ekadashi 2017 Parana Date & Time :

  • 07:04 to 08:47 hrs IST on 5th July 2017
  • 07:04 to 10:30 hrs IST on 5th July 2017 (For Vaishnava’s)