Thursday, 18 July 2013

Devshayani Ekadashi

19 July 2013 is Devshayani Ekadashi :

 On this day in Hinduism, Lord Vishnu is believed to sleep on this day, hence the eleventh day of Ashadh is called Devashayani Ekadashi. He is believed to wake up on the eleventh of Kartik, hence called Prabodhini Ekadashi.

The sleep of Lord Vishnu signifies a phase of complete meditation and awareness. This period is not suitable for weddings and other similar rituals as the Gods are in their sleep during this month.
This duration is perfect for meditating, listening to religious discourses and taking Holy dips in rivers. It is believed that fasting and praying during this period is very effective.

One should maintain a proper vegetarian diet to avoid any diseases as the monsoons bring along a horde of ailments.

The first four months of Chaturmas are Shravan, Bhadrapad, Ashwina and Kartik. From then these months are considered very fortunate for performing Japa, Puja and other rituals.
This is the most beloved period of the Gods and Japa done in this period bears 1000 times greater results. During the period of Chaturmas, Sanyasis avoid travelling and stay at one place.

A lot of insects are produced during the monsoons and movement can trample these insects under their feet. This is the period of enhancing one’s spiritual power by meditating.