Shayani Ekadashi Importance, Ashadhi Ekadashi July, 2021
Devshayani Ekadashi is eleventh day of bright fortnight in the lunar month of Ashadha. Because of this, the shayani ekadashi is also known as Ashadi Ekadashi (आषाढ़ी एकादशी), which’s one of the most broadly accepted names of Devshayani ekadashi. Ashadi Ekadashi comes after the Yogini ekadashi and then it is followed by Kamika ekadashi. It comes between June and July and holds great importance for Vaishnav community, followers of the Lord Vishnu. Devshayani is also known by several other names such as Toli Ekadashi, Maha Ekadashi, Harishayani Ekadashi, Ashadhi Ekadashi, etc. This particular date in the Hindu calendar is marked by the entrance of Sun into zodiac sign of Gemini. Therefore beginning of the Chaturmasa, a holy time period of 4 months between Kartik and Ashadha.
Devshayani ekadashi or shayani ekadashi is often regarded as the most divine of all ekadashi days by Hindus, specially Vaishnava Hindus who believes Lord Vishnu as the greatest God. Shayani ekadashi is also known as Maha ekadashi, Shayana ekadashi and Padma ekadashi. Amid Telugu speaking population, devshayani ekadashi is known as Toli Ekadashi (తొలి ఏకాదశి).
Holy Ritual Of Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat
Devshayani Ekadashi is well known for the fasting ritual. It starts with waking up in Brahmamuhurta, 1.5 hours before the sunrise which is then followed by bath and meditation. Subsequent to that, all the essentials for the religious custom are arranged and the idols of gods are placed over a red cotton cloth in Ishaan Kon, holy corner according to the Vastu. Next, water is sprinkled over idols of Lord Vishnu and Ganesha and they are offered tilak along with kheer and flowers. Lamps are lighted concurrently to symbolize the existence of heavenly energy of knowledge, wisdom and truth. Artis are sung this whole time to invoke the blessings of supreme lord Vishnu. Finally, one is supposed to eat the customary satvik food cooked at home, and then leftover is disposed in Southern corner of house.
Ashadi Ekadashi Vrat
When Is Devshayani Or Ashadi Ekadashi?
According to the Hindu calendar, the sacred occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi or Devshayani Ekadashi will be experienced on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha in the Ashada month.
When Is Ashadi Ekadashi In 2021?
In 2021, Shayani Ekadashi will be on July 20 which is a Tuesday.
After the July 20 of 2021, the next ashadi ekadashi will occur on Sunday, July 10 of 2022.