Devshayani Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance

Devshayani Ekadashi: Rituals and Significance

The arrival of monsoon in India brings a number of festivals. People in India indulge in celebrating various festivals during this time. One of those festivals is the Devshayani Ekadashi. This is a festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is quite important like any other Ekadashis.

Rituals of Devshayani Ekadashi

  • Those who are willing to observe a fast on this day, must wake up early in the morning and freshen up.

  • Clean your house and the place where you will be performing your puja.

  • Now take a bath and wear clean clothes.

  • Offer Arghya (water offering) to Lord Surya (Sun).

  • Worship the deity with flowers, seasonal fruits, yellow cloth, Tulsi leaves, Ganga Jal, Roli and Akshat.

  • Chant the mantras and observe the fast.

  • Once you are done worshipping the deity, distribute the offerings among children and needy people.

Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi

  • According to Hindu Mythology, on Devshayani Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu goes into a deep sleep for four months namely, Saavan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin and Kartik. These four months are also known as Chaturmaas.

  • People usually do not organise any auspicious ceremonies during these four months.

  • However, there are some significant festivals that are observed during these four months. Those festivals are Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Deepawali, Bhai Dooj, Chhath and many other festivals.

  • The Devshayani Ekadashi usually coincides with the Rath Yatra festival.