Devshayani Ekadashi 2024: Date, Muhurat, and Significance

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In Hindu tradition, Ekadashi is very significant. There are several types of Ekadashis. Devshayani Ekadashi is especially important. It falls on the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha. During this time, Lord Vishnu is believed to go into a state of rest and remains so for the next four months. It is believed that observing a fast and worshipping Lord Vishnu on Devshayani Ekadashi can lead devotees to attain salvation and absolve their sins. However, auspicious activities such as mundan (tonsure), weddings, engagements, housewarming, naming ceremonies, etc., are prohibited during this period. Lord Vishnu is said to wake up on the Ekadashi of the bright fortnight of Kartika, known as Devuthani Ekadashi. On this day, the marriage of Lord Shaligram and Tulsi is also performed. Devshayani Ekadashi 2024 will fall on 17th July 2024.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2024 Muhurat

The auspicious timing for Devshayani Ekadashi in 2024 begins on the 16th of July at 08:33 PM and ends on the 17th of July at 09:02 PM. Based on the sunrise time, the fast for Devshayani Ekadashi will be observed on the 17th of July, and the fast will conclude on Thursday. From the 17th of July, Chaturmas (a four-month holy period) begins, during which no auspicious activities are performed. During these four months, all deities, including Lord Vishnu, are believed to be resting.

Devshayani Ekadashi is also known as the Ekadashi of good fortune. In 2024, four auspicious yogas (astrological combinations) will form on this day: Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga, Amrit Siddhi Yoga, Shubha Yoga, and Shukla Yoga. These yogas are considered favorable for performing good deeds. On the fasting day, Anuradha Nakshatra will be present, and on the day of breaking the fast (Parana), Jyeshtha Nakshatra will be in effect.

Devshayani Ekadashi 2024 Puja Vidhi (Rituals)

On the day of Devshayani Ekadashi, wake up early and take a bath. Take a vow to fast and offer water to the Sun. Gather all the necessary items for worshipping Lord Vishnu, such as Ganga water, yellow flowers, a garland, betel nuts, turmeric, sandalwood, betel leaves, and cardamom. Offer yellow sweets to the deity and conclude the worship with an aarti (a devotional song) and chanting of mantras. It is essential to include Tulsi (holy basil) in the offerings to Lord Vishnu.

Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi 2024

Devshayani Ekadashi is considered highly significant in Hinduism. It marks the time when all auspicious activities halt because Lord Vishnu is in a state of rest. He wakes up on Devuthani Ekadashi. Devotees believe that fasting on Devshayani Ekadashi brings Lord Vishnu’s blessings and fulfills their desires, opening the doors to salvation and washing away all sins.

In Hindu culture, it is believed that for any auspicious activity, Lord Vishnu’s blessing is essential. Since he rests during this period, it is not considered an appropriate time for such activities. During these four months, Lord Vishnu entrusts Lord Shiva with the responsibility of governing the world. Therefore, it is believed that Lord Shiva rules the world during this time. This Ekadashi is a good opportunity for devotees to serve Lord Vishnu and pray for their well-being.

Conclusion

To get rid of their sins and attain salvation, devotees should pray and fast during Devshayani Ekadashi. In 2024, four auspicious yogas will form, increasing the chances of fulfilling one’s desires. As Lord Vishnu wakes up after four months, it is crucial to pray with full dedication during these months to receive his blessings and protection.

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