When is Dev Shayani / Hari Shayani Ekadashi in 2016
Aashadh Shukla Ekadashi is known as Dev Shayani Ekadashi. In the year 2016 Dev Shayani Ekadashi is on Friday, 15 July, 2016.
Important things about Dev Shayani Ekadashi
According to the Purans Lord Vishnu sleeps on Sheshnag in the Kshir Sagar on Dev Shayani Ekadashi and wakes up after four months and goes back to Vaikunt on Dev Uthani Ekadashi.
This holy day is very important for the Hindus. On this day people worship the images of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi , keep fast and spend the night singing and listening to the prayers , stotras and stories related to Lord Vishnu.
Chatur Maas ( the period of four months ) also begins from this day. During the period of Chatur Maas people should listen or read the discourses on the life and teachings of Lord Vishnu. During the period of Chaturmas, the auspicious work like marriage etc. are not done.
Ekadashi Vrat -It is believed that keeping a fast on Dev Shayani Ekadashi is very pious. This vrat brings happiness and prosperity. The person who keeps this fast gets salvation. The person who observes this fast should :-
- get up early in the morning .
- take bath and offer prayers.
- perform a simple pooja at home, pray and meditate on Lord Vishnu. If possible , go to the near by temple of Vishnu and have Darshan of his image.
- Keep fast for 24 hours and after taking bath, break the fast next day ( on Dwadashi.)
Prayer Mantras for Dev Shayani Ekadashi -
(or) Om Namo Narayan
(or) Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevay
(or) any Stotra
(or) prayer related to Lord Vishnu are considered very fruitful.
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