Devshayani Ekadashi, also known as Ashadi Ekadashi or Shayani Ekadashi, holds immense significance in Hindu culture and is observed with great devotion and enthusiasm across India.
It marks the beginning of the holy period known as Chaturmas, during which Lord Vishnu is believed to rest in deep meditation.
The Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi:
Devshayani Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Ashadha, which usually corresponds to the months of June or July.
It holds great significance as it symbolizes Lord Vishnu’s cosmic sleep and marks the beginning of a four-month period during which auspicious ceremonies and weddings are usually avoided.
Rituals and Observances:
Fasting: Devotees observe a strict fast on Devshayani Ekadashi to purify their minds and bodies.
The fast begins on the Dashami (tenth day) and continues until the Dwadashi (twelfth day) of the lunar month.