Shayani Ekadashi


DevShayani ekadashi is the first ekadashi in the Chaturmas, the holy four-month period of monsoon season. Maha ekadashi, Padma ekadashi, Shayana ekadashi or Tholi Ekadashi(Telugu). Lord Vishnu goes into slumber period beginning this ekadashi and wakes four months later on Prabodhini ekadashi.

Shayani Ekadashi Date 2023

Thu , 29th Jun 2023

On this day, Vishnu devotees go on pilgrimage to Pandharpur, Maharashtra. They gather in groups and begin their yatra or religious procession of 17 long days called Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra that culminates at Vitthal temple, Pandharpur. Some devotees carry Palkhis (palanquins) with images of Lord Vitthal or Vithoba and other important saints of Maharashtra.

Ekadashi Vrat rituals

The best way to celebrate Ekadashi is to observe fast and chant Vedic mantras. Ekadashi fasting means spiritual cleansing, a spiritual detoxification of all senses. People refrain from consuming solid food, grains, pulses or lentils on this day. According to ancient Vedic scriptures, the Ekadashi fast spans for about three days. The day prior to Ekadasi, i.e On Dashami, devotees relish one healthy balanced meal around the afternoon or before sunset to ensure no residual food remains in the body during Ekadashi. On Ekadashi, devotees observe a sincere, clean fast and break the fast after sunrise of the next day. This has been the ritualistic fasting process. In today’s world people follow different types of fast-

Nirjala Ekadashi: ultimate fast. Fast the whole day without eating and drinking water.

Sajala Ekadashi: similar to a juice fast. Consume water and fruit juices.

Farali Ekadashi: Fruit diet that is commonly followed. Consume Fruits and Milk only.

Wake up in the brahma muhurat, take bath and clean sacred live space at home for pooja and bhajan ceremonies. We can recite or meditate on Vishnu Sahasranama during this time. Or be with the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaaya” all day, learn more Vishnu Mantras. Choose a fast that suits your schedule for the day or activities for the day. It is generally preferred to avoid grains and pulses, or lentils, tubers on Ekadesi. Eat fruits, positive prana foods like coconut, coconut water, dairy products, peppercorn, honey and nuts. Stay mindful of your every thought and action. Offer flowers and light a lamp for Tulsi plant. We can participate in bhajan or homa remedy ceremonies. Temple visits, offerings and donations are advised since they can deepen the sense of devotion. Refrain from negative emotions like hate, anger, greed, jealously and violence choose happier, inclusive attributes like empathy, care, faith, integrity.

Pregnant women, elderly people can skip fasting and rather chant & internalise Lord Vishnu Mantras. Children below the age of 12 can also avoid fasting since they are in the assimilation phase of their life.

We also suggest other modes of fasting like gadget free fast- taking a break from social media for a day, staying away from watching television, or mobile phone or even gaming gadgets and other distractive media. This can also create a significant amount of awareness and mindfulness.

Magnanimity of Ekadashi Vrat

Bhagavad Gita says that this Ekadashi Vrat was revealed by Lord Krishna to King Arjuna and all the Pandavas followed this fast all their lifetime. Vrat doesn’t necessarily mean denial of food, it’s the compulsive nature that is moderated during the Vrat. Ekadashi Vrat aims at making everything, a conscious process. When we do not act based on compulsive nature, we become conscious, when we are conscious, we choose; choose our reactions, our words and actions. This is the cycle the Vrat taps into, by making a shift in our very nature, from compulsive to conscious. We go on collecting data or memories based on day-to-day life, things we see, read and eat. Ekadashi creates a window to reflect on this memory pile, reevaluate data fetched to our system, a hard reboot. It is also believed that full stomach causes lethargy and dullness, and a light stomach keeps the mind sharp and alert. This Vrat is considered to be of incomparable power and benefits. There is a famous sloka on Ekadashi Vrat that goes,

“Na Gayathrya para mantram:
  Na Mathu para dhaivatham:
  Na Ganagasya paramam theertham:
  Na Ekadasya samam vratham”

There is no mantra superior to Gayathri Mantra; there is no God superior to one’s mother; there is no holy water superior to River Ganga and there is no vrata superior to the Ekadasi vrat. 

According to Srimad Bhagavad Purana, this Ekadashi Vrat earns the same merit as equivalent to performing an aswamedha homa, 10 times the merit of donating 1000 cows to a temple or an ashrama and the merit of feeding 1000 sages or spiritual seekers.

Benefits

  • Most of our bodily functions are influenced by the planet moon and its magnetic pull. Fasting or Ekadashi Vrat aids a healthy balance in bodily fluids like hormones, blood plasma and other blood components. 
  • Ekadashi Vrat facilitates sound health and a peaceful, calm mind. 
  • It is the simplest way to attract multifold blessings from Lord Vishnu and reach His abode. 
  • It cures illness and other mental imbalances in a physical system. Hormonal imbalances, other gland dysfunctions can be cured. 
  • Cleansing and spiritual detoxification renews body cells, erases unwanted emotions and alters the body metabolic processes for better functioning in this world 
  • Ekadashi Vrat purifies mind, body and soul. Destroys potential cancer cells in the process of detoxification. 
  • The planet goes through a particular energy shift on this day. If you are a spiritual seeker or a person who performs yoga and meditates regularly, you could know when it is Ekadashi without the calendar because there is naturally a lesser inclination towards food and other compulsive behaviour on this day. 
  • Fasting strengthens the will power and Mind power. It is the first step towards turning in, to your inner self. 
  • Fasting directs us towards the mind, over body, when we become less of a physical body our awareness of other dimensions is naturally heightened. This awareness is the meditative state, a conscious state of mind ,not the compulsive state. 

Tithi Timing and Puja Muhurat for Ashadhi Ekadashi 2023

Sunrise

29 June, 2023 05:48 AM.

Sunset

29 June, 2023 07:12 PM.

Ekadashi Tithi Begins

29 June, 2023 03:19 AM.

Ekadashi Tithi Ends

30 June, 2023 02:42 AM.

Hari Vasara End Moment

30 June, 2023 08:21 AM.

Dwadashi End Moment

01 July, 2023 01:17 AM.

Parana Time

June 30, 08:21 AM - June 30, 08:29 AM

Shayani Ekadashi festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Wednesday, 1st of July

2021

Tuesday, 20th of July

2022

Sunday, 10th of July

2023

Thursday, 29th of June

2024

Wednesday, 17th of July

2025

Sunday, 6th of July

2026

Saturday, 25th of July

2027

Wednesday, 14th of July

2028

Sunday, 2nd of July

2029

Saturday, 21st of July

2030

Thursday, 11th of July