The day on which Lord Vishnu goes to sleep: Devshayani Ekadasi

It is considered that on the Ekadasi that occurs during the Shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Ashada month, Lord Vishnu along with all the other gods goes to sleep. Thus, this Ekadasi derives its name, “Devshayani”, wherein, “Deva” stands for God and “Sayana” refers to sleep. The glories of Devshayani Ekadasi are mentioned in the Bhavishya-uttara Purana as explained by Lord Krishna to king Yudhishtira. Earlier, the glories of Devshayani Ekadasi were narrated by Lord Brahma to Narada Muni.

Glories of Devshayani Ekadasi:

King Mandhata of Satya Yuga was a pious and benevolent ruler. His kingdom was always prosperous. However, once the kingdom was affected by severe drought and famine for 3 consecutive years. To resolve this problem, king Mandhata paid a visit to sage Angira's hermitage and enquired for a solution. Sage Angira revealed to the king that an unqualified person in the kingdom was performing vedic rituals and thus he should be killed. King Mandhata did not want to do so and asked for an alternative. Upon further enquiry from the king, Angira Rishi advised the king to follow a fast on Ashada Shukla Ekadasi along with everyone in his kingdom to be free from drought and famine. King Mandhata and the citizens followed the advice of Angira Rishi and fasted on Devshayani Ekadasi. As a result of the merit gained by observing Devshayani Ekadasi vrat, there was an abundance of rainfall and once again the kingdom flourished with plenty of water and crops. Thus, the prosperity of the kingdom was restored due to the merit of Devshayani Ekadasi.

Appropriate way to observe Devshayani Ekadasi vrat:

Please refer to our article, “Ekadasi: What to do and what not to do” to know about the proper observance of the Ekadasi vrat.

This year, Devshayani Ekadasi falls on 9th of July. Please break your fast between 05:34AM and 08:19AM on 10 July 2014.

Significance of the observance of Devshayani Ekadasi vrat:

• Purifies the observer from all the sins
• Eliminates all the obstacles on the spiritual path
• Fulfills all the desires of the faithful observer

Additional Details:

• The auspicious Chaturmas vrat begins on the day of Devshayani Ekadasi. wishes you all a very happy Devshayani Ekadasi. May you always live in peace, prosperity and abundance.

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