Devshayani Ekadashi is annually celebrated by the Hindus in the month of July. The celebration includes fasting and worshipping of Lord Vishnu. This is the day where bliss and prosperity is brought to the life of all, as believed. The principles related to Devshayani Ekadashi are to be strictly maintained as given in the Shastras. The fasting commences from the night before, which is of the day called Dashami. In 2016, Devshayani Ekadashi will be celebrated on 19th July.
About Lord Vishnu
Lord Vishnu is said to be the supreme God of the Hindus, having various other names. Therefore, Vishnu is indeed the most powerful among the Hindu idols. He is also found in five forms, namely Para, Yuva, Antaryami, Vibhava and Arcavatara. He is known to be the Punisher of the evil doers and the savior of the needy. While in the form of Arcavatara, the devotees and can easily view and approach Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu is also the most influential character in the Shastras and other holy documents of the Hindus, being mentioned very frequently. He is worshipped either directly, or when in form of any of his ten Avatars. Two of the most famous Avatars of Vishnu are Krishna and Rama. The consort of Vishnu is Goddess Laxmi. The Lord possesses the weapons such as Kaumodaki Mace and the Sudarshan Chakra. There are several mantras of worshipping or praying to the Lord.
According to the Hindus, the greatest benefits of life can be received by praying to the Lord. He is believed to fulfill the prayers of the true devotees and provide justice for all. Lord Vishnu even has the power to give Mukti or Moksha to the devotees who pray and deserve for the same. Mukti or Moksha is achieved when the devotees go for salvation deservingly from the real world. It is more like the essence of being free from the form of life on earth.
Celebration of Devshayani Ekadashi
The celebration of Devshayani Ekadashi consists of strict fasting for the particular day. In case a devotee is not able to perform this particular duty, he or she is to have only vegetarian meals. In the concerned month, no weddings are performed by the Hindus, since the Gods and the Goddesses are believed to be sleeping. Despite these circumstances, the celebration is carried out with utter happiness. It is so as Lord Vishnu provides affluence to all. Worshipping of the Lord is also maintained by the Hindus on this day.
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