Devshayani Ekadashi 2022: Significance, History, Worship Method, Date and Timings

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The Ekadashi (11th day) of Shukla Paksha of Ashadh month is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. Devshayani Ekadashi 2022 is also known as Padma, Padmanabha Ekadashi, Ashadhi Ekadashi and Harishayani Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu goes into yoga nidra (deep sleep) from the day of Devshayani Ekadashi. This year, Devshayani Ekadashi 2022 will be celebrated on 10th July, Sunday. The special thing is that among all the fasts, Devshayani Ekadashi fast is said to be the best and most fruitful. With this fast all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled and all the past sins are destroyed. After four months, Lord Vishnu wakes up from sleep on the day of Prabodhini or Devotthan Ekadashi and after that all auspicious work starts.

When is Devshayani Ekadashi  2022

Devshayani or Ashadhi Ekadashi falls on July 10, 2022, Friday

  • Ekadashi tithi starts – July 9, 2022 till 04:39 PM
  • Ekadashi tithi ends – July 10, 2022 at 02:13 pm
  • Parana Timing – 05:31 AM to 08:17 AM on 11th July

Chaturmas begins with Devshayani Ekadashi

Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the lunar month. There are two Ekadashis in every lunar month i.e. one on the Shukla Paksha and the other on the Krishna Paksha. Since Devshayani Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashadha month, it is also called Ashadhi Ekadashi. Chaturmas also starts from this day. This year Chaturmas will start from 10th July. 2022, Sunday. Lord Vishnu is worshiped on Devshayani Ekadashi 2022 since he goes into Yoga Nidra from that very night for four months. These four months are referred to as the period of Chaturmas. Auspicious works like marriage, now ventures etc are prohibited during the Chaturmas period. Wearing a Rudraksh mala during Chaturmas has great significance. Wearing Rudraksh on Devshayani Ekadashi also removes all troubles from one’s life.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2022 Significance

Ashadhi Ekadashi or Devshayani Ekadashi is the sleeping period of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu wakes up from sleep four months after Devshayani Ekadashi and the day he wakes up is called Prabodhini Ekadashi or Devuthani Ekadashi. All the auspicious works begin from that day, whereas during Chaturmas all kinds of auspicious activities are prohibited. Chaturmas holds great importance in Hinduism. During this period, sages and saints gather at one place and worship the Lord with great devotion. In many scriptures, penance performed during the Chaturmas has been considered as Yagya. The Varaha Purana also contains a lot of information about this. Chanting Om Namo Narayana during this entire period is very auspicious. You can chant this special mantra on Devshayani Ekadashi 2022.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2022: Scientific Significance

Chaturmas starts from the day of Devshayani Ekadashi. The special thing about this day is that the monsoon also begins on the same day in many parts of the country. Due to the arrival of rain, there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere which leads to the birth of many animals, some of which can also be harmful. That’s why many types of rules and religious rituals are performed during these four months. It has scientific as well as astrological importance due to which all kinds of Manglik works are put on hold for these four months. 

Things to do during chaturmas

  • Consume milk regularly for growth of progeny.
  • Avoid the intake of jaggery.
  • Avoid applying oil for longevity.
  • Do not sleep on the bed
  • Avoid honey, radish, parwal and brinjal etc.
  • For protection from enemies, give up on bitter oil.

History of Devshayani Ekadashi

Devshayani Ekadashi has great significance in Hinduism. Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi and Maa Tulsi are worshiped on this day. This time of Chaturmas is considered very auspicious and best for Bhajan, Kirtan and Katha. According to Bhagwat Mahapuran, the demon Shankhasur was killed on the Ekadashi day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashadha month and on that day Lord Vishnu went into yoga nidra in Kshir Sagar for four months. The day when the Lord Vishnu woke up from Yoga Nidra is called Devotthan or Devuthani Ekadashi.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2022 worship method

  • Devshayani Ekadashi fasting starts from the night of Dashami Tithi.
  • Salt should not be used in food on the night of Dashami. Nonveg should also be avoided on this day.
  • One should avoid telling lies and refrain from hurting others on the Dashami and Ekadashi Tithi.
  • On the next day, i.e. on the Ekadashi Tithi, the  devotees should take a vow to fast with full dedication after retiring from daily activities.
  • The puja place is cleaned for the worship of the idol of Lord Vishnu and the idol is established. 
  • Yellow colored clothes, yellow flowers and sandalwood are offered to Lord Vishnu. Bhog is also offered.
  • Then Vrat Katha or the fasting story is read out loud or heard.
  • Then the aarti is conducted and the Prasad is distributed among the devotees.
  • After this, Lord Vishnu should be made to sleep on a mattress covered with a white sheet with pillows.
  • On this day, one who worships Lord Vishnu with full devotion gets happiness, good fortune and prosperity in life.

Devshayani Ekadashi Mythology

According to the legend related to Devshayani Ekadashi or Ashadhi Ekadashi, there was a Chakravarti emperor named Mandhata in the Satyuga. The subjects lived very happily in his kingdom. Once there was a famine in the state due to lack of rain for three consecutive years and there was an outcry all around. Seeing this, the king reached Angira Rishi’s ashram in the forest and told him about all the troubles they were facing. After listening to him, the sage asked him to observe the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi to restore happiness in his kingdom. After returning, King Mandhata observed a fast on Devshayani Ekadashi due to which it started raining immediately and the greenery was restored. If you are observing the fast of Devshayani Ekadashi 2022, then you must read this story to get some motivation.

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