Ashadi Ekadasi (Devshayani)- Super Important Day In The Life Of Any Vaish

Ashadi Ekadashi

Ashadi Ekadasi (Devshayani)- Super Important Day In The Life Of Any Vaish

Ekadashi is a Hindu festival of worship dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Every lunar month features two Ekadashis, one of which occurs during the waxing phase of Shukla Paksha and the other during Krishna Paksha (waning phase).

Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (Svayam Bhagaa). He is also known as Aditya, meaning One who sports in blue (Bharat). This day falls on the 11th lunar day of the month and therefore it is known more commonly as Ekadash. As per Nyaya, “When someone does something wrong and receives punishment that satisfies his desire, then that action is called mukti or emancipation.” Ekadash means “auspicious arrival,” “passing over,” or “dash,” and “Muktaa.”

Ashadhi Ekadashi is another important religious event celebrated in Maharashtra. It marks the end of the famous ‘Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadashi Waari Yatra’, a festival wherein devotees visit Pandharpur, where they worship God ‘Vithoba’, a personification of Lord Vishnu .The Yatra or warri Festival is a 17-day long grand event that attracts millions of devotee to this place.

Ashadi Ekadashi is believed to be the day on which Lord Vishnu rested on the water. Therefore, it is also known as ‘Hari Shayani Ekadashi’, which in turn means the day of ‘the sleep of Hari’

Devshayani Ekadashi, also known as Shani Ekadashi, is the first day of Chaturmas or ‘Offering Season’, and marks the beginning of rainy season. This is a very auspicious day for devotees as they pray to Lord Vishnu to return after four months of his sleep and bless us with bountiful rains.

Ashadhi Ekadashi Vrat Rituals:

The first ekadashi which is also called Shayani Ekadashi is among the most significant vrat in Hinduism and it is believed that observing this vrat will help keep you away from various diseases, difficulties and it’s best to observe it as a part of day-to-day life.

Lord Vishnu is mostly worshiped in Ekadashi Vrat. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu appears before the world for one day, on one particular date of the month. Lord Vishnu is believed to be the Creator and Preserver of the universe and everything in it. He was also said to be an incarnation of God Brahma which causes us to worship him every day around sunset with prayers, fasting, devotion and Bhajan.Devotees of Lord Vittal wait for this auspicious occasion to pay their deep respect and devotion to Lord Vittal and his consort, Goddess Rukmini.

People observe fast and pray to him, to get blessed by the supreme entity himself. The rituals of Ashadi Ekadashi Vrat according to the scriptures are given as follows:

  • Devotees who follow Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat, must wake up early in the morning and purify themselves with a holy bath. If a devotee wakes up on the onset of this day, he/she should bathe immediately and wear his clean clothes to have a cleansing bath before sunrise.
  • Vishnu’s idol is dressed in the yellow color. It is believed that Lord Vishnu protects us, who keeps the world in motion and maintains the order of the Universe.
  • Paan, Supari, betel leaves, betel nuts and flowers are offered as Naivedyam to Lord Krishna or Vishnu on all occasions.  
  • The people who are observing the Ashadi Ekadashi Vrat are allowed to consume food only one time a day.
  • During the Parana period on the next day, the fast can be broken by consuming food.

Significance of Ashadhi Ekadashi:

It is said that there was a king named Mandata who ruled over an expansive and prosperous kingdom.The people of his kingdom were exceptionally happy with his ruling. However, the kingdom eventually fell into famine and drought for three years. People suffered from starvation, prompting them to blame the king for his past sins.The king, having absolutely no clue of what mistakes he did, he set out on a long journey. 

In his journey he met many wise men but none could offer any solution. He met many spiritual leaders of Sage Angira and told him his problem. He said that while he was fasting the kingdom, people were suffering from lack of rain. So instead of looking for reasons behind it he asked Sage Angira to suggest solutions to bring rain. The sage told him to worship Devshayani Ekadashi and follow all rituals as per Vedas thinking it will bring rains in his kingdom.

The King did everything as advised by the sage, his family joined him in this and within no time.With much relief, he returned to his kingdom and did everything as advised by the sage After practicing devshayani Ekadashi vrat, the King was happy to see a change in his domestic life. And like every happy ending, the kingdom too got its lost glory back with rains washing away every trace of suffering.

It is believed that fasting on this day will help you to get the blessings of Vishnu and lead you to success in your life. Hence, people observe fasts on this day expecting it to bless them with peace, prosperity, happiness and good health. It is said that it was narrated to Narad by Brahma.

Legend associated with Ashadhi Ekadashi Vrat:

In memory of this pilgrimage, Maharashtrians undertake the Dindi Yatra or Pandharpur Yatra by foot to the Pandharpur shrine of Vitthala. This ritual dates back to the 16th century .

On Ashadi Ekadashi and Ekadashtami, lakhs of people from Maharashtra travel by foot to Pandharpur to pay respects to Vitthal. This pilgrimage involves a yatra or walk through the desert for about 3-4 days.

Devotees had set out on foot from their villages fifteen days before the auspicious day.   Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar  Palkhi began their journeys from Dehu village near Pune, walking to Alandi on foot and singing praise of Lord Vitthal. They arrived at the shrine to receive darshan on the auspicious day for worship.

Ashadi Ekadasi, or Ashada Devshayani Ekadashi, is observed on July 10. Pandharpur Yatra culminates on this day and its importance in Maharashtra can be gauged from the fact that it is counted as the most important day for pilgrimage for a majority of Hindus across Maharashtra. The observance of this day at Pandharpur temple is marked by devotees performing numerous ritual ceremonies making it an auspicious occasion for the people of Maharashtra to visit the shrine.

This is the most  auspicious date in a year when you can perform various pooja and rituals to get good results. We must follow these dates to perform the pooja of our beloved ones with peace and happiness. In this article I will give you a few Ashadi Ekadasi pooja date tables as per various Hindu sub groups.

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On the Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month, worship of Lord Vishnu is legislated. The Ekadashi date for Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month starts on July 9, 2022 at 4:39 pm and ends on July 10, 2022 at 2:13 pm.

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