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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(13.1.30) Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha / Hari shayani Ekadashi

Hari Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha / Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha 

Aashaadh Shukla Ekadashi is known as Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi. It is believed that Lord Vishnu rests in Ksheer Sagar from this day to Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi which falls in the Shukla Paksh of Kartik month. This period of four months is known as  Chatur Maas .
Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha - 
The story related to Dev Shayani Ekadashi is as follows -
In the Satyug, there was a Chakravarti Samrat named Mandhata. In his kingdom there was prosperity every where. They had enough store of food grains. So the people were very happy. But unfortunately, once there was no rain continuously for three years in the kingdom. As a result of it, the situation of famine arose and became the scarcity of food grains and water. The people had to face a great difficulty and suffered a lot.
The king Mandhata, went to the forest to find out the solution of the problem from some great sage. Walking through the forest, one day he reached the Asharam of the sage Angira. The king respectfully saluted him and told him about his problem. The sage Angira said to the king, " O pious king, the Ekadashi which falls in the Shukla Paksh of the month of Aashadh, is known as the Dev shayani Ekadashi . This Ekadashi is very pious and fruit giving. You must observe the Vrat on this Ekadashi. By the effect of this Vrat, you will have good rains and the prosperity in your kingdom will return."
Hearing the advice of the sage, the king Mandhata came back to his palace and observed the Vrat on Dev shayani Ekadashi with the members of his family, the courtiers and the citizens. By the auspicious effect of this Vrat, they had a good rain that year. The people of the kingdom felt relieved and the prosperity returned. It all happened because of the Vrat of Ekadashi.
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