Harishayani Ekadashi

Harishayani Ekadashi or Devshayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi is an auspicious religious occasion that starts from the conclusion of Ashadha Gupt Navratri. The day is considered extremely auspicious due to its association with Lord Vishnu, as the period of Harishayani Ekadashi marks is considered the sleep period of Lord Vishnu for the period of four months (Chaturmas), starting from Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi to Kartika Shukla Ekadashi. This period is also important from a religious standpoint, as all the holy works, such as weddings, home entry, Yagyopaveet, and other rituals are prohibited.

In a nutshell, Ekadashi that falls on Shukla Paksha during Ashadha month is called Harishayani Ekadashi. 

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What Do Puranas Say About Harishayani Ekadashi?

According to the religious texts of Puranas, Harishayani Ekadashi is the day marking the fact that Lord Vishnu resides for four months in Hades at the gate of Bali. He breaks his slumber and returns during Kartik Shukla Ekadashi. This day is also considered the beginning of an important occasion called Chaumasa. Divine Lord Vishnu chooses Kshirsagar where he spends four months in deep slumber, thereby explaining why the event of Harishayani Ekadashi and Kartik Shukla Ekadashi is known as Prabodhini Ekadashi.

Importance Of Harishayani Ekadashi

According to Bhavishyottara Purana, Yudhishtira received the wisdom lesson of how important Ekadashi is from Lord Krishna in a manner similar to how Lord Brahman told the importance of Ekadashi to his son, Narada. The festival of Harishayani Ekadashi begins after the conclusion of an important religious festival, Jagannath Rath Yatra. Religious beliefs associated with Harishayani Ekadashi pan out the significance of the event, citing it as the day for Lord Vishnu to attain Yoga Nidra on the Kshira Sagara (the Ocean of Milk), on the bed of Sheshnaag. The Lord continues his slumber for four months, thus explaining as to why these periods prohibit hermits and sages from carrying out excursions. Their tour is said to be limited to Braj. As outlined before, no religious work is allowed to be performed during these periods.

Notable Benefits Of Ekadashi

Regarding benefits associated with Ekadashi, it is said that devotees get their wishes fulfilled by doing worships to Lord Vishnu. Their sins are also destroyed, and they get to experience peaceful living filled with pleasure and prosperity.

Methods Of Worship During Harishayani Ekadashi

  • As a devotee, perform an early bath and wear a yellow outfit.
  • Place the idol of Lord Vishnu and Mata Lakshmi on a holy place facing the northeast side.
  • Lit a Diya, offer flowers, basil leaves, banana, coconut and other things, including kheer to the god and goddess.
  • Chant mantras dedicated to the lord
  • Harishayani Ekadashi mandates a rigorous fasting ritual, therefore, make sure you follow the same staunchly.

Conclusion

Harishayani Ekadashi or Devshayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi is an auspicious festival dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is touted to be one of the most important religious occasions celebrated with rigorous fasting rituals performed by the devotees of the lord. The day marks its importance, considering Lord Vishnu sleeps for four months. On this day, auspicious works, including marriage, etc. are not allowed. Devotees, who perform worship to Lord Vishnu, get the divine favour from the lord, in terms of peace, happiness, and prosperity in their lives.

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