Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Devshayani Ekadashi – Cherish A Prosperous Life

Today is Devshayani Ekadashi, the sacred day devoted to Lord Vishnu. The desire of living a peaceful, successful life along with burning of every sin and mistake, is possible with Devshayani Ekadashi. Read on this article and cherish good luck coupled with attainment of heaven.

Devshayani Ekadashi will be observed on July 8, 2014 in honor of Lord Vishnu.

According to Hindu calendar, Devshayani Ekadashi is observed during the Shukla Paksha of the Ashad month. Being a highly sacred day, Devshayani Ekadashi is observed to honor Lord Vishnu.

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Devshayani Ekadashi 2014: Shubh Muhurat

Parana Muhurat is believed to be the auspicious time to break any fast or Vrat. Parana is always performed on the next day. To make sure you break your fast in the most favourable time, please refer to the table mentioned below:

Event Day Date Tithi Muhurat
Devshayani Ekadashi 2014 Tuesday July 8 Ekadashi From sunrise
Parana Of Devshayani Ekadashi 2014 Wednesday July 9 Dwadashi Anytime after Sunrise

Devshayani Ekadashi 2014: The Mythological Legend

As per the legend associated with Devshayani Ekadashi, once, there was a King named Mandata. Blessed with a kind heart and generous nature, the King was very popular in his kingdom. For the welfare of his people and kingdom, he was always engaged in performing good deeds and making charities. However, due to misfortune, no rain was received by his town for a consecutive period of three years. As a result, happiness and prosperity both got affected and everybody was seen under stress and worries. Mandata performed many auspicious rituals to restore back the lost prosperity, but all in vain.

To find a solution, the King began a journey and on his way he met many scholars and holy people. He disclosed his problem to them, but was not able to get any solution. One fine day, Mandata met Sage Angira. He narrated his problem to the Sage and asked for help. Angira advised him to observe Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat and worship Lord Vishnu with pure mind and soul. Mandata thanked the Sage, observed the Vrat and prayed to the deity. His devotion pleased Lord Vishnu and it rained heavily in his kingdom. As a result, the lost prosperity came back once again and his people got their peaceful and happy life back.

It is from that day, devotees started observing Devshayani Ekadashi. On this pious day, people worship and honor Lord Vishnu with all they can.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2014: Puja Vidhi

Be it Ekadashi or any other occasion, to get the maximum results, following the right rituals is a must. On the highly sacred day of Devshayani Ekadashi, performing the Puja rituals in the below mentioned way will definitely help:
  • Devshayani Vrat begins from the night of Dashami
  • Following morning, devotees get up early, take bath and prepare themselves for Pooja
  • Idol of Lord Vishnu is also given a bath
  • The Lord is worshiped using Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, honey, Ghee, yogurt, and sugar)
  • Flowers and incense sticks (Agarbatti) are also used while worshiping
  • Lord Vishnu’s Mantras are chanted and Aarti is sung

Devshayani Ekadashi 2014: Beliefs Associated With Devshayani Ekadashi

According to the beliefs of Hindu people, Devshayani is the day when Lord Vishnu falls asleep in the Ksheera Sagar. The Lord awakes after a long period of four months on the auspicious day of Prabodhini Ekadashi or Dev Uthani Ekadashi. The period of four months between Devshayani Ekadashi to Prabodhini Ekadashi is known as Chaturmas. Any auspicious activity is not performed during these four months.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2014: Significance

Observing Devshayani Ekadashi blesses the devotees with a successful and blissful life. Praying to Lord Vishnu on this day helps in getting relief from all the sins and evils. One can overcome all their misdeeds with the assistance of Devshayani Ekadashi. Follow the rituals of this holy day with a pure heart and open the gates of heaven for yourself.

This was all about Devshayani Ekadashi. Fetch the best from this day by worshiping Lord Vishnu without any negativity in mind. We wish you a blissful Devshayani Ekadashi.

Note: To increase the auspiciousness of Devshayani Ekadashi further, make sure to follow these points:
  1. As Lord Vishnu is fond of Lotus and Vaijayanti flower; therefore, offering these flowers to the deity yields highly fruitful results.
  2. If possible, perform Purush Sukta Paath.

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