Devshayani Ekadashi or Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi will start from today, July 12 at 1.02 am and it marks the beginning of Chaturmas, the four months of the rainy season. It is said that on this day, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep and wakes up after four months on Prabhodhini Ekadashi.
This Ekadashi arrives just after the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra and currently falls in the months of June or July on the English calendar.
Just like other Ekadashi, this is also like the others, Shayani Ekadashi to helps to attain salvation and fulfill wishes. It gives freedom from sins committed in the past.
Devshayani Ekadashi is also known as Padma Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi, and Hari Shayani Ekadashi. The auspicious festival is more popular in Maharashtra and is known by the name of Ashadi Ekadashi.
The Devotees start the day by taking a holy dip in the river. They decorate the idol of Lord Vishnu with flowers, mango leaves, and yellow clothes. Special sweets are also made and offered to Lord Vishnu. Also, fasting is observed strictly on this day.
The fast is broken at the time of Parana. Ekadashi Parana is done the next day after sunrise of the fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Also, it is said that not doing Parana within Dwadashi is similar to an offense.
On July 13th, Parana time: 6:30 am to 8:49 am
Ekadashi tithi begins: 1:02 am on July 12, 2019
Ekadashi tithi ends: 12:31 am on July 13, 2019