Ashadi Ekadashi(Devshayani Ekadashi) -Pandarpur Yatra-Ashadi Ekadashi Date Year 2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2021-About Ashadi Ekadashi


Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight after a new moon or a full moon, and is considered auspicious for the worship of Lord Vishnu. Ashadha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi.Here is Some Infromation about Ashadi Ekadashi Date year 2016 to 2021,Story,Method of observing, Significance and mant more.


Ashadi Ekadashi Date Year 2016 to 2021


Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2016: July 15 Friday
Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2017: July 4 Tuesday
Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2018: July 23 Monay
Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2019: July 12 Friday
Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2020: July 1 Wednesday
Ashadi Ekadashi Date of Year 2021: July 20 Tuesday

About Ashadi Ekadashi





Ashadi Ekadashi is known as Devshayani Ekadashi.According to Gujarati calendar Ashadi Ekadshi observed during the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month day of eleven and Englishmonth Jun-July.Pandarpur Yatra culminates on this day and is of great importance in Maharashtra.People consider the two eleventh days, "Ekadashi", of every month to be of special importance. But the eleventh day (bright) of Ashadh is known as the great Ekadashi or Mahaekadashi. This Mahaekadashi is also known as Shayani Ekadashi, because on this day Vishnu falls asleep to wake up four months later on Prabodhini Ekadashi in the Kartik month. This period is known as Chaturmas and coincides with the rainy season.
Ashadhi Ekadashi is the day of fast and on this day people go walking in huge processions to Pandharpur singing the Abhangas (chanting hymns) of Saint Tukaram and Saint Dnyaneshwar to see their God Vitthal. The yatra starts in Allandi and ends on Guru Poornima day at Pandharpur.



Ashadhi Ekadashi Story 




Some people consider the two eleventh days, "ekadashi", of every month to be of special importance. But the eleventh day (bright) of Ashadh is known as the great ekadashi or Mahaekadashi. It is a day of fast.
This is the day of the huge "yatra" or pilgrimages to the god Vithoba of Pandharpur, a town in south Maharashtra, situated on the banks of the Bhima River, a tributary of the Krishna River.

This Mahaekadashi is also known as Shayani Ekadashi, because on this day Vishnu falls asleep to wake up four months later on Prabodhini Ekadashi in the Kartik month. This period is known as Chaturmas and coincides with the rainy season.

Method of observing Ashadhi Ekadashi




If it is not possible to observe the eleventh day of each fortnight of the Hindu calendar, one can at least observe the eleventh day of the bright fortnight. Worship: On both the ekadashi of Ashadh, Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Shridhar (one of the Names of Lord Vishnu). A lamp of clarified butter (ghee) is kept lit throughout the night of an Ashadhi ekadashi.

Intake: On any ekadashi, one's intake should be kept limited to only water, and a mixture of dried ginger (suntha) and sugar. However, if not possible to do so, one can eat foods allowed during Hindu fasts (upavas). These foods, being sattvik, do not reduce one's sattva component, detracting from focus on God (the very aim of a fast - upavas - is to be close to God), unlike rajasik-tamasik foods do. A fast observed on an ekadashi is ended the following day.

The pilgrimage (vari) to the town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra, India: The vowed religious observance of going on a pilgrimage to Pandharpur, the seat of Lord Vitthal, sacred especially to devotees from the Varkari sect, is commenced from the ekadashi of the bright fortnight of the month of Ashadh. The Varkari sect is the main sect among the Hindu Vaishnava sects that worship Lord Vishnu. The devotees from this sect undertake this pilgrimage annually or bi-annually, depending upon the type of initiation they have received. Since this pilgrimage is carried out on foot it is considered as physical penance, purifying (mainly) the physical body. 



Significance and meaning of Ekadashi 





Ekadashi is considered as the date (tithi) of Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also referred to as Haridini (Hari's, that is, Lord Vishnu's day).
Unlike other vowed religious observances, an ekadashi need not be observed with a resolve (sankalpa) and ritual. It is the basic among all vowed religious observances and rituals. The proportion of sattva, raja, tama components in every organism varies according to time/season (kal). On the eleventh day of each Hindu lunar fortnights, the sattva component is maximum in all living beings. Hence, if one does spiritual practice on an ekadashi, one benefits to a greater extent.

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