Devshayani Ekadashi 2019 - Shayani Ekadashi Vrat
Devshayani Ekadashi is a holy sacred Hindu event-occasion. Devshayani’s part ‘Dev’ means Lord and ‘Shayani’ means sleep. Ekadashi, a Sanskrit word, means the 11th lunar, moon day. Devshayani Ekadashi is also called, Ashadi Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, Maha Ekadashi etc. Maha means great, big. Devshayani Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the rising-waxing phase of the moon, Shukla Paksha, in the Hindu calendar month of Ashada. Ashada corresponds to the Gregorian July-August period. In 2018, it falls on the 23rd of July.
Many devotees observe Vrat on Devshayani Ekadashi. Vrat means fasting. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Devshayani Ekadashi is the start of ChaturMaas, in the rainy season, when Lord Vishnu goes in the sleep mode for four months on the SheeshNag and Ksheer Sagar. ‘SheeshNag’ means the thousand-headed serpent, and ‘Ksheer Sagar’ meaning the milky ocean. In India, important events like weddings, housewarmings etc are avoided during this time.
Lord Vishnu is regarded as one of the top three Hindu deities. He has four arms which represent spirituality, weapons, power etc. There are many avatars, incarnations of Lord Vishnu. His avatars include Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha. Lord Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the world. He keeps the evil, destruction, failure, disorder, damage, chaos etc away.
It is believed that once a King named Mandata set out to seek a solution when there was no rain in his kingdom for three years. There was drought and famine for three years. He met a Sage Muni Angira. He advised King Mandata to observe fast in the month of Ashada. Thereafter the rains came and made the kingdom prosperous and happy.
A common Mantra for Lord Vishnu to be chanted 108 times non-stop is -
Om Namo Narayanaya
ॐ नमः नारायणाय
Date Published : 11 Jul 2019