The month of Ashada brings with it a celestial event known as Devshayani Ekadashi, a sacred day when Lord Vishnu enters a state of Yogic sleep. Falling on the 11th lunar day during the waxing phase of the Moon, this auspicious occasion holds great significance for devotees seeking blessings and spiritual rejuvenation.
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The Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi
Devshayani Ekadashi marks the commencement of the Dakshinayana period and the night of devas, during which Lord Vishnu, the preserver and protector of the universe, seeks rest. “Shayani” signifies “rest,” and on this divine day, Lord Vishnu enters a deep slumber on the magnificent Sesha Naga, floating amidst the cosmic ocean. This Ekadashi aligns with the concluding day of the Jagannath Rath Yatra, adding an extra layer of spiritual grandeur.
Lord Vishnu Awakens on Prabodhini Ekadashi
The Yogic sleep of Lord Vishnu persists for four months until the arrival of Prabodhini Ekadashi, the eleventh day of the bright fortnight in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). Known as Chaturmas, this period coincides with the monsoon season, creating an ideal atmosphere for inner reflection and spiritual practices. As Lord Vishnu awakens from his slumber on Prabodhini Ekadashi, devotees celebrate the end of Chaturmas, eagerly embracing the renewed spiritual energy.
The Commencement of Chaturmas
Devshayani Ekadashi, with its tranquil ambience and divine significance, initiates the observance of Chaturmas among devoted followers. Chaturmas, meaning “four months,” serves as a time for intense spiritual discipline and austerity to please Lord Vishnu. The faithful embark on this sacred journey by taking a vow, known as Chaturmas vrata, and engage in various spiritual practices to deepen their connection with the divine.
The Story of Devshayani Ekadashi
This auspicious day is accompanied by a captivating tale of King Mandata, whose kingdom faced a severe drought for three long years. Despite his relentless efforts, the king could not appease the rain gods and bring relief to his suffering subjects. In his despair, King Mandata sought counsel from sage Angiras, who advised him to observe the sacred vrata of Devshayani Ekadashi. Following the sage’s guidance and by the grace of Lord Vishnu, rain finally poured down upon the parched kingdom, bringing joy and abundance.
Rituals to Observe on Devshayani Ekadashi
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- Chanting: Begin the day by chanting “Om Padmanabhaya Namah” 108 times or more.
- Vishnu Sahasranama: Engage in the recitation or contemplation of Vishnu Sahasranama, a revered hymn consisting of a thousand names of Lord Vishnu.
- Acts of Charity: Embrace the spirit of giving by making donations to the needy and deserving. Extend your generosity and compassion to those less fortunate, as it is believed to garner the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
- Ekadashi Fasting: Observe a fast on this holy day.