Devshayani Ekadashi is a significant Hindu observance dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. This article explores the significance of Devshayani Ekadashi, also known as Ashadhi Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, and Hari Shayani Ekadashi.
Devshayani Ekadashi Puja
Ekadashi Tithi holds great importance in Hinduism, and the month of Ashadha is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Ekadashi falling on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) within this month is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. In the year 2023, Devshayani Ekadashi will be celebrated on 29th June. It is believed that on this auspicious day, Lord Vishnu begins his yogic slumber in the Ksheer Sagar (ocean of milk) and awakens after four months on the day of Devprabodhani Ekadashi.
Mythology Of Devshayani Ekadashi
According to ancient legends, there was a righteous king named Mandhata from the Suryavansh dynasty. His kingdom suffered from a severe drought, enduring three years without rainfall, leading to a devastating famine. Distressed by the plight of his people, King Mandhata sought a solution and approached the ashram of Sage Angira, the son of Lord Brahma.
Sage Angira advised the king to observe a strict fast on the Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashadha. Following the sage’s instructions, the king returned to his palace and faithfully observed the ritual Ekadashi fast. Soon after, the effects of the fast became evident as the kingdom received abundant rainfall, bringing joy and prosperity to the people. Since then, this Ekadashi has been regarded as highly auspicious, believed to grant freedom from worldly attachments and ensure spiritual growth.
Significance Of Devshayani Ekadashi
Devshayani Ekadashi marks the commencement of Lord Vishnu’s divine slumber. According to the Puranas, Lord Vishnu, pleased with the generosity and charity of King Bali, granted his request to rest in the netherworld (Hades) during the sacred period of Chaturmas (four months). During this time, Lord Shiva assumes the role of the supreme creator, and therefore, Lord Shiva and his divine family are worshipped and revered during Chaturmas.
Devotees eagerly observe fasting, perform pujas, and engage in devotional activities to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu during this significant period. They offer prayers, recite hymns, and chant mantras to express their devotion and reverence towards the supreme deity.
Devshayani Ekadashi is considered a sacred occasion for introspection, spiritual awakening, and detachment from worldly desires. Observing a fast on this Ekadashi is believed to absolve one of all sins and bring about transformative qualities.
Devshayani Ekadashi, also known as Ashadhi Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, and Hari Shayani Ekadashi, holds great significance in Hinduism. It serves as a reminder of the importance of introspection, spiritual awakening, and detachment from worldly desires. The observance of this Ekadashi is believed to grant freedom from attachments and facilitate spiritual growth.
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