Shayani Ekadashi also known as ‘Devpodhi Ekadashi’, ‘Padma Ekadashi’, ‘Devshayani Ekadashi’ or ‘Maha Ekadashi’ is an important day for Vaishnavas. It is observed on the 11th day, ‘ekadashi’ of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the month of ‘Ashadha’ in the Hindu calendar. Thus this ekadashi is also referred as ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’. In the Gregorian calendar, the date falls somewhere between the months of June to July. On Shayani Ekadashi, Hindu followers worship God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi with full zeal and devotion.

Shayani Ekadashi falls during the time when Lord Vishnu sleeps on the ‘Shesha Naag’ (the cosmic servant) in the ‘Ksheersagar’ (cosmic ocean of milk) and therefore the name ‘Hari Shayani Ekadashi’. In the southern states of India it is also known as ‘Toli Ekadashi’. As per the Hindu legends, God Vishnu finally awakes, four months later, on the day of ‘Prabodhini Ekadashi’. This slumber period of the lord is known as ‘Chaturmas’ and it concurs with the rainy season. Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Shayani Ekadashi marks the onset of the Chaturmas period and on this day, devotees keep a holy fast to invoke Lord Vishnu’s blessings.

Shayani Ekadashi 2017 was on July 04 Tuesday

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Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu

Rituals during Shayani Ekadashi:

  • Taking a holy bath is considered to be very auspicious on Dev Shayani Ekadashi. Devotees in large number gather at Nasik, to take a dip in the Godavari River, in the honour of Sri Rama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
  • On the day of Shayani Ekadashi, devotees keep a fast by refraining from specific foods like rice, beans, grains, cereals, specific vegetables and spices. By keeping a fast on this day, the observer will be able to resolve all the problems or tensions in life.
  • Lord Vishnu is worshipped on Shayani Ekadashi. Devotees decorate the idol of Lord Vishnu with Gadha, Chakra, Shank and bright yellow clothes. Incense sticks, flowers, betel, betel nut and Bhog are presented as offerings. After the puja ritual, aarti is sung and the prasad is eaten together with other devotees.
  • On Dev Shayani Ekadashi, the observer of this vrat must remain awake all night and chant religious bhajans or songs in praise of Lord Vishnu. Reciting religious books like ‘Vishnu Sahartanaam’ is also considered very auspicious.

Important Timings On Shayani Ekadashi

Sunrise04-Jul-2017 05:49 AM
Sunset04-Jul-2017 19:12 PM
Dwadashi End Moment06-Jul-2017 02:52 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins03-Jul-2017 22:15 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends05-Jul-2017 00:29 AM
Hari Vasara End Moment05-Jul-2017 07:05 AM
Parana Time 07:05 AM - 08:30 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Shayani Ekadashi:

The greatness of Shayani Ekadashi was narrated first by Lord Brahma to his son Narad and later by Lord Krishna to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas that can be read in the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’. Shayani Ekadashi is one of the most significant ekadashi vrat that is also observed as the first ekadashi. It is a popular belief that anyone observing Shayani Ekadashi vrat with complete commitment will be blessed with happy, prosperous and peaceful life. After enjoying the worldly pleasures, they will finally attain salvation.

Shayani Ekadashi also marks the end of the famous ‘Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadashi Waari Yatra’. Pandharpur is a small district in the state of Maharashtra and here God ‘Vithoba’, a personification Of Lord Vishnu is worshipped with dedication. The yatra or the religious procession is a 17-day long grand event that attracts tourists to this place. Moreover on the day of Shayani Ekadashi, Vaishnava Mutts dress in heated seals and this tradition is known as ‘Tapta Mudra Dharana’.

Shayani Ekadashi festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Tuesday, 8th of July
2015Monday, 27th of July
2016Friday, 15th of July
2017Tuesday, 4th of July
2018Monday, 23rd of July
2019Friday, 12th of July
2020Wednesday, 1st of July
2021Tuesday, 20th of July
2022Sunday, 10th of July
2023Thursday, 29th of June
2024Wednesday, 17th of July
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