Devshayani Ekadashi 2024 Date, Vrat Khatha, Rituals and Significance

February 20, 2024

Devshayani Ekadashi is one of the most important Ekadashis out of the 24 Ekadashis that occur in the year. Devshayani Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July), which is the fortnight of the waxing moon phase.

The meaning of Devshayani Ekadashi is- that ‘Dev’ means God and ‘Shayani’ means gold, hence combined it means gold of God. The name Devshayani Ekadashi is appropriate as it is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu goes to sleep in ‘Kshirsagar’ (the cosmic ocean of milk) to sleep on a bed made of his coiled Sheshnag. From the day of Devshayani Ekadashi, Supreme Lord Vishnu sleeps for 4 months, known as ‘Chaturmas’ and wakes up on Prabodhini Ekadashi/Devothani Ekadashi in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November).

Devshayani Gyaras/Ekadashi is always followed by the famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra which is a carriage procession of Lord Jagannath (a form of Lord Vishnu) in Puri, Orissa (Odisha). Devotees observe the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi from sunrise of the day till sunrise of Dwadashi the next day.

Devshayani Shukla Ekadashi 2024

According to the scriptures, Chaturmas starts with Ashadh Ekadashi or Dev Soni Ekadashi. 16 rituals are banned for four months. However, pujas, rituals, entry into the renovated house, and purchase of vehicles and jewelry can be performed. This Ekadashi is also called Saubhagyadini Ekadashi. According to Padma Purana, fasting on this day destroys the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly. Also, worshiping on this day leads to salvation. According to Brahmavaivarta Purana, fasting on this day fulfills all the wishes.

A demon named Shankhasur was killed on the Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month. From that day the Lord sleeps in the Kshir Sagar for four months. There is great significance in worshiping on this day as it marks the beginning of Chaturmas or the four-month holy phase in the Hindu calendar. Many important Hindu festivals such as Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, and Diwali fall during the four months of Chaturmas.

Devshayani Ekadashi Date

Devshayani Ekadashi on Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Devshayani Ekadashi Start Time – 16 July 2024 at 08:33 PM

Devshayani Ekadashi End Time – 17 July 2024 at 09:02 PM

Devshayani Ekadashi Parana time

Devshayani Ekadashi (breakfast) time – 18 July 2024 at 06:12 am

Dwadashi ending time on Paran Tithi – 08:42 am

Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat 2024 

On Devshayani Ekadashi, qualified Brahmins are advised to chant/kirtan one thousand names of Lord Vishnu, which is called Vishnu Sahasranama. Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama on this day generates positive, high-frequency energy that bestows abundant blessings on the devotee. Legend has it that in the famous epic Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah taught Vishnu Sahasranama to King Yudhishthir. ‘Anushasanika Parva’ Chapter 149 of Mahabharata contains these hymns of glory to Lord Vishnu.

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Devshayani Ekadashi of Rituals

The holy month of Chaturmas starts from the day of Devshayani Purnima. If seen from a scientific point of view, with the beginning of Chaturmas, debate starts or becomes active among various ideologies of India. According to astrology, due to excess of darshan in the environment during these months, many types of defects arise and they can harm the human body directly or indirectly. In our survey, some religious rules were made for four months and people were asked to follow them.

Various types of auspicious activities take place from the day of Devshayani Ekadashi till Devuthani Gyaras. The planetary positions and natural conditions in Chaturmas are quite suitable for the moral and spiritual movement of man. Apart from this, it is also important to wear Rudraksha in the auspicious months of Chaturmas. During the months, 10 Mukhi, 7 Mukhi, or 19 Mukhi Rudraksha is very valuable as Rudraksha has the blessings of Lord Krishna, Lakshmi, and Lord Vishnu. With Rudraksha Mala during Devshayani 2024 you can attract positivity and also it helps in solving problems in your life.

Devshayani Ekadashi of Significance

By observing fast on Devshayani Ekadashi, the sins of the devotee are destroyed. The devotee earns the virtue of living a happy, fulfilled life. The soul becomes free and after crossing over finds a place in the abode of Lord Vishnu. Lord Shri Krishna has said that by listening or reading the story of Devshayani Ekadashi or fasting, the sins of the devotee are washed away.

Devshayani Gyaras/Ekadashi is a very important Ekadashi for all the devotees of Lord Vishnu and especially for the Vaishnav community. Observe Devshayani Ekadashi by keeping fast and carefully following all other rules of this auspicious Ekadashi. According to Hindus, auspicious occasions like marriages, etc. are not organized in Chaturmas because Lord Shri Hari and the deities are sleeping during these months. Chaturmas is also the monsoon season in India. Devotees also observe fast on all Ekadashis during Chaturmas and abstain from onion, garlic, grains, and beans during this period.

Devshayani Ekadashi of Vrat Katha

There is a story related to Devshayani Ekadashi in Hindu scriptures. During Satyayuga, a great king named Mandhata ruled his kingdom and all his subjects were very happy. Once, his kingdom was affected by a severe drought and famine which lasted for about three years. The king loved his subjects very much and hence when he saw the pitiful condition of his subjects during the drought, he was deeply troubled by their troubles. Thus, to free his subjects from this endless suffering and find a proper solution to the problem, the king set out towards the forest with his soldiers. While wandering in the forest, he came across the ashram of sage Angira, who was the son of Lord Brahma. Seeing King Mandhata standing in front of him with folded hands, Sage Angira asked him the purpose of his coming.

The king fell at the feet of the saint, told him the reason for his sorrow, and asked for his help. Then sage Angira asked the king to observe a fast on Ekadashi falling in the month of Ashadha and said that if he observed that fast religiously, there would be good rains and his kingdom would again become as prosperous as before. With the blessings of the sage, King Mandhata returned to his kingdom and observed the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi as per the rituals. Soon, under the influence of his religious prayers and the grace of Lord Vishnu, there were heavy rains in his kingdom bringing greenery and prosperity everywhere. Therefore, by observing fast on this day and doing special worship of Lord Vishnu, all the wishes are fulfilled and all sins are destroyed and salvation is attained.

Wrapping Up

Lord Vishnu is worshiped on this day. Devotees decorate the idol of Lord Vishnu with mace, chakra, conch, and bright yellow clothes. Incense, lamp flowers, betel nuts, and sweets are offered to the Lord. After the completion of the puja, Aarti is performed and Prasad is distributed along with other devotees. On this day, the followers of this fast should stay awake the whole night and recite religious hymns or songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. If you want to know more details about Devshayani Ekadashi then you can take an online astrology consultation.

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