Deva Sayana or Devasayana or Padma Ekadasi occurs in the ‘shukla paksha’ (waxing phase of moon) of Ashada month (June – July). In 2013, the date of Padma or Deva Sayana Ekadasi is July 19. It is of great importance as it is believed that after this Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep as it is the night of devas and therefore it is also referred as Vishnu Shayani Ekadasi. The Chaturmas Vrata begins from this day.
The greatness of Padma Ekadasi was explained to Sage Narada by Brahma. Lord Krishna narrated about the significance of it to Yudhisthira and thus humans came to know about the glory of this Ekadashi. The glory of it is mentioned in the Bhavisyottara Purana.
It is believed that those observe this Ekadashi is blessed with happiness. Even hearing about it is considered highly auspicious. Interestingly, Deva Sayana Ekadashi is observed as a mark of pure devotion. There is no yearning for material gains.
Those who fast on the day do not eat rice or food prepared using rice. All the normal rituals associated with Ekadasi fasting is followed. Some devotees of Lord Vishnu start the preparation of Chaturmas Vrata from this day.
This Ekadasi is also known as Ashadi Ekadasi in
Maharashtra and the famous Pandharpur Yatra culminates on this day.
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