Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date Year 2016 to 2021
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2016: November 10 Thursday
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2017: October 31 Tuesday
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi V rat Date of Year 2018: November 19 Monday
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2019: November 8 Friday
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2020: November 25 Wednesday
Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2021: November 15 Monday
About Dev Uthani(Prabodhini) Ekadashi Vrat
Dev Uthani Ekadashi Vrat is one of the most important and sacred Ekadashis in Hinduism. It is also known as Prabodhini Ekadashi .Prabodini Ekadashi Vrat or Dev Uthani Ekadasi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar.
On Utthana Ekadasi Vrat day, an image of Lord Vishnu is drawn on the ground. Lamps are lit around it and fruits and vegetables are offered to this fresh image.In some regions the image is covered with a big brass plate symbolizing that He is sleeping. Bhajans dedicated to Lord Vishnu is sung and he is asked to shed his sleep and wake up and bless people.To wake the Lord, children light mustard torches at night and make lot of noise.
On Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi Vrat day some people observe strict fasting and do not even drink water.In most other regions all the usual rituals associated with Ekadasi fasting are followed.Those observing partial fasting eat fruits and avoid grains and rice.
How To Observe Dev Uthani Ekadashi Vrat
Legends state that the consort of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi was unsatisfied with the way Lord Vishnu slept. Sometimes, he remained awakened for days and sometimes, he slept continuously for several days. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi visited Lord Vishnu and complained about his indiscipline followed. She also informed him that several lords, such as Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Devas and Saints, are forced to wait for many days in order to meet him. Hence, they returned disappointed without having Lord Vishnu's Darshan. Furthermore, this neutral situation of Lord Vishnu is highly taken advantage of by the demons. They make the most of this opportunity in causing pain to human beings, thereby leading to the spread of Adharma on earth. After patiently listening to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu replied that he would soon come up with a solution. Meanwhile, the Devas and Saints visit Lord Vishnu and inform him about the robbery of the Vedas by a Demon named Shankhyayan. The demon had committed this act in order to deprive the human beings about the knowledge of the Vedas and spread Adharma all around. On hearing this, Lord Vishnu promised the sages that he would get back the Vedas. After fighting for several days with Demon Shankhyayan, he was successful in getting the Vedas back. He returned the Vedas to Goddess Lakshmi, Devas and Saints. Additionally, he insisted on continuing with a long sleep but only for four months. This sleep started from Ashadha Shuddha Ekadashi until Kartik Shuddha Ekadashi, which is also known as Prabhodhini Ekadashi or Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Various pujas and prayers are carried on this day dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The important Pandarpur Yatra also takes place on this day in Lord Vithal Temple. The most popular Tulsi Vivah Festival and Shaligram Puja rituals also commence on Prabhodhini Ekadashi in some regions while in other communities, they take place on the day after Ekadashi. By observing the Prabhodhini Ekadashi vrat, devotees believe that they would be able to get rid off their sins and attain salvation, or Moksha. At some places, devotees observe a complete fast, that is, they do not eat anything or even drink water on this day.