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Devshayani Ekadashi 2017: Date, Tithi Time and Vrat Katha

Devshayani EkadashiDevshayani Ekadashi in 2017 is falling on July 4, Tuesday. It is also known by various names such as Ashadha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi, Maha-Ekadashi, Prathama Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, Devpodhi Ekadashi and Toli Ekadashi (Telugu). It is one of the most significant days that venerate Lord Vishnu who goes into sleep; deva meaning ‘divine god’ and shayan meaning ‘slumber or sleep’. It is the time when the Lord moves into yoga nidra and comes back to life after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi that falls in Kartik month (Oct-Nov). The period during Kartik month is known as chaturmas (‘Chatur’ four and ‘mas’ month). This Devshayani Ekadashi arrives after the celebration of Jaganatha Puri Ratha Yatra, a popular Cart Festival of India that takes place every year in Puri, Odisha (Orissa).

Particular

Date & Day

Time starts

Time ends

Ekadashi Tithi

July 3, Monday

10:15 PM

 

Ekadashi Day

July 4, Tuesday

 

08:03 AM

Ekadashi Tithi

July 5, Wednesday

12:29 AM

Parana Time (Breaking your fast)

July 5, Wednesday

07:04 AM

08:47 AM


On this day, devotees of Lord Vishnu strictly observe fast and break it (Parana) on the next day of Ekadashi after sunrise.

Significance: Why Devotees of Vishnu Celebrate This Ekadashi

On this day, temples of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi receive a lot of footfalls. Devotees during the Chaturmass (four months of rainy seasons) observe fast on every Ekadashi falling in those months. All the grains, beans, cereals, vegetables like onions and certain spices are completely avoided.

In the Puranas it is mentioned that King Mandata was unhappy as his kingdom was in drought for three years. He tried every attempt to please the rain gods headed by Indra. Failing to do, the king fortunately received Sage Angiras who was a mediator between gods and the human race. The Sage asked the king to observe Devshayani Ekadashi vrat which pleases Lord Vishnu. When the Lord is pleased, all the gods who are His limbs are also pleased. As a result, the king’s kingdom received sufficient rains.

Another significant event that takes place on this day is Pandharpur Yantra. A huge mass of people from different parts of Maharashtra visit Pandharpur to worship Vitthal, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

How to celebrate Devshayani Ekadashi: What to do on this day?

  • You can observe fast on this Ekadashi. The Tithi time starts at 10:15 PM on July 3. If you decide to fast, start it at this time onwards until Parana (fast breaking) time on July 5. You can break your fast between 07:04 AM and 08:47 AM. Fasting on this day helps your strengthen you emotional stability.  
  • Make sure you visit a Vishnu temple every day and offer prayers. If a temple is not around, you can worship Him at your home in the early morning.
  • How to worship Lord Vishnu?
    • One can simply chant this mantra: Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. This powerful mantra was given by Sage Narada to Dhruva Maharaja as described in the Bhagavat Purana (4.8.54).
    • You can chant the above mantra or Hare Krishna mantra on the Tulasi bead.
    • You can offer flowers and chant Vishnu Sahasranamam (Thousands name of Lord Vishnu). Chanting thousand names of Vishnu has a purifying effect on the mind and the body. You can get the Vishnu Sahasranamam books and strotram. You can also play it in the morning while you engage in daily works.
  • You can also perform a Vishnu Sahasranama Puja under qualified Brahmins. It is a highly recommended activity on this day. The puja includes Vishnu- Lakshmi Abhishek and Pujan, Vishnu mantra Japa- 1100 times, Vishnu Sahasranama Strotra followed by Homa and Aarti.
  • You can wear a Ten Mukhi, a Seven Mukhi or a Nineteen Mukhi Rudrasksha beads for they are ruled by Lord Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi and Narayana, respectively. Wearing these Rudaksha beads on this day purifies your inner self and strengthens your will power.
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