Ekadasi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar.
On the 11th Day (Ekadashi) of Shukla Paksha in the month of Karthik, that falls in the month of October- November. The special Ekadshi famous as Devuthani Ekadashi is celebrated. Devuthani Ekadashi is also called Prabodini Ekadasi or Hari Bodhini Ekadasi or Uthwana Ekadashi or Kartiki Ekadashi.
Hindus believed that on the day of Ekadshi, Vishnu had woken up after a four months slumber. Hence, this day marks the end of Chaturmaas(Literally it means Four months).
This day is considered as a very auspicious day for Hindu marriages and other auspicious works. It is believed that Shaligram married to Tulsi on this day.
Now, let’s take a glimpse over the legend of the Dev Uthani Ekadashi that would unfold the reason behind Vishnu’s long sleep (Yoga Nidra) for four months and other facts.
As per the legend, once Vishnu was in deep sleep or can say in deep meditation (Yog Nindra). At that time, a demon named Murdanav came and challenged Vishnu to fight with him. As Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra, a young lady appeared from his eleven senses (Ekadash Indris). As soon as, demon had a glimpse of a young lady, he was so attracted that he wanted to marry her. But, the young lady put a condition in front of demon that he should fight with her. Demon Murdanav became so passionate after seeing that young lady that he agreed to have a fight. In the fight, the demon got killed by that young lady.
Vishnu became happy and pleased by the heroic success of the young lady. He granted her a boon that she would be named as Ekadashi as she appeared from the Ekadash Indris of Vishnu. Goddess Ekadashi She was a beautiful goddess who saved the life of Vishnu from a demon named Muran. The demon had taken control of heaven by defeating the Gods in a battle. The Gods finally approached Vishnu. He and Muran fought various battles. Once the demon tried to kill Vishnu in his sleep but Goddess Ekdashi saved him. Since then she has been his favorite who has been blessed with all the charms and qualities. She also asked for three boons from Vishnu and he accepted them happily.
told Vishnu that she wanted people to keep fast on the day of Ekadashi named as Ekadashi Vrat. Vrat is the Hindi term of fast . It is a process in which devotees do not consume food or/and water on the days dedicated to the Gods they believe in, to show their dedication and to gain health and prosperity Also, by observing this fast, people should get free from all evils and sins. Vishnu granted her the boon and said that if anyone would keep a fast on Ekadashi, he/she would get salvation (Moksha).
Since then people celebrate Devuthani Ekadashi in many parts of India. Let’s have a glance of major areas where the festival of Devuthani Ekadashi is celebrated:
Celebrations in Gujarat
The people of Gujarat welcome the day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi, by performing a Circumambulation around the religious place (Parikrama). This Parikrama is done at Mt. Girnar, where innumerable pilgrims take part and complete the 32 km long Parikrama. It is believed that the Vishnu resides on the mountain, and this is the way to give him thanks for his blessings.
Celebrations in Maharashtra
The people of Maharashtra worship VithobaVithoba
Also known as Vitthal (meaning one who accepts innocent and gullible person)... (incarnation of Vishnu). The devotees gather at the Pandarpur temple. The rituals are said to be followed for the duration of five days. A big event is also organized by the government of Maharashtra on the occasion of Prabodhini Ekadashi i.e. called the Sarkari-Mahapuja.
Celebrations in Ajmer
In Ajmer, famous Pushkar fair is organized on this day that lasts for five days till Full moon day (Poornima). It is said to be held in honor of BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity).... On this day people take bath in Sacred Pushkar lake and then have fun and frolic in Puskar Fair.
We try to compile all important information on Dev Uthani Ekadashi that will help you to understand the importance of Dev Uthani Ekadashi. It is believed if you keep 24 hours fast on this day then you can irradiate all your sins committed not only in this birth but also in the last seven births.