Significance of DevShayani Ekadashi..


The eleventh lunar day of the fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashadha (June - July) is known as the Ashadi Ekadashi. It is also known as  DevShayani Ekadashi, Maha Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi. This is the holu day for the hindus as it has special significance for the devotees and followers of the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu.

On this day, people worships Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The devotees keep fasy for the whole day and night and takes blessings from the God. It is believed that Vishnu falls asleep on Shesh naga, the cosmic serpent in Ksheersagar, the cosmic ocean of milk. Hence, this day is known as Devshayani Ekadashi(God sleeping Ekadashi). After his four month long sleep, Lord Vishnu awakes on Prabodhini Ekadashi, the eleventh day of fortnight in the Hindu month Kartik (October–November). This whole four month period is known as Chaturmas. This day is the beginning of the Chaturmas.

A huge religious procession of the devotees known as Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra reaches in Pandharpur, in Solapur district of Maharashtra. Pandharpur is main center of worship of the Lord
Pandharpur yatra
Vitthal, a form of Lord Vishnu. People carry Palkhis (palanquins) with the images of the saints of Maharashtra, from the different parts of Maharashtra to Pandharpur. These devotees are known as Warkaris. 

Dnyaneshwar's image from Alandi,Namdev's image from Narsi Namdev, Tukaram Maharaja's image from Dehu, Eknath Maharaja's image from Paithan, Nivruttinath Maharaja's image from Trimbakeshwar, Muktabai's from Muktainagar, Sopan's from Sasvad and Saint Gajanan Maharaj from Shegaon are brought on the palkhis. Warkaris sing Abhangas (chanting hymns) of Saint Tukaram and Saint Dnyaneshwar, dedicated to Vitthal.

This day is celebrated with huge enthusiasm in the whole Maharashtra state of India..

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