Ekadashi fasting is said to be the best among all the fasts in Hinduism. Ekadashi fast is observed every month on the eleventh day of both sides, Krishna Paksha, Shukla Paksha. Every Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha in Kartik month is known as Devotthan or Devuthani Ekadashi. On this day Lord Vishnu wakes up from four months of yoga sleep and again takes over the operation of the universe. After which Chaturmas ends and all auspicious works begin.
Significance of Devuthani Ekadashi
This Ekadashi tithi marks the end of the Chaturmas period, which includes the months of Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, and Kartik. During this period, Lord Vishnu remains in a state of yoga Nidra as he rests on the adishesha (the rest of the serpent) on the ocean floor. Since he wakes up on this day, it is called Devuthani or Dev Utthani or Prabodhini, which means the awakening of the Lord. The period of Chaturmas is considered unsuitable for events such as marriages, mundan, or housewarming ceremonies. Hence, people wait for the Chaturmas period to end to plan/ organize auspicious celebrations. It is believed that Lord Krishna, the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, married Goddess Vrinda (Tulsi) on the next day of Prabodhini Ekadashi. Hence, it marks the beginning of the wedding season in India. Moreover, by observing fast on Ekadashi Tithi, devotees free themselves from the burden of their sins. After their journey on earth is over they take refuge in Vaikuntha, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu.
Devutthana Ekadashi Subh Muhurta
Ekadashi date starts - November 14, 2021, at 05:48 AM
Ekadashi date ends - November 15, 2021 at 06:39 AM
Hari Vasar ending time on Parana Tithi – 01:00 PM
Devutthan Ekadashi Puja Vidhi
- On this day, wake up early in the morning, take a bath, wear clean clothes and take a vow of fast after meditating on Lord Vishnu.
- Draw the shape of the feet of Lord Vishnu in the courtyard of the house. But cover the feet in the sun.
- After this, after making a picture with ocher in an oval, keep fruits, sweets, seasonal fruits, and sugarcane and cover it with a nugget.
- On this day, diyas are lit outside the houses and at the place of worship at night.
- Worship Lord Vishnu and other deities with the whole family at night.
- In the evening worship, recitation of Subhashit source, listening to Bhagwat Katha and Puranadi and hymns, etc. is sung.fa
- After this, God should be raised by blowing a conch shell, bell-gharial, etc.
Devotthan Ekadashi Vrat Katha
In the kingdom of a king, all the people used to observe fast on Ekadashi. From subjects and servants to animals, food was not given to them on Ekadashi. One day a person from another kingdom came to the king and said: Maharaj! Please hire me. Then the king put a condition in front of him that okay, let's keep it. But every day you will get everything to eat, but on Ekadashi, you will not get food. That person said yes at that time, but on the day of Ekadashi, when he was given fruits and vegetables, he went before the king and started pleading: Maharaj! This will not fill my stomach. I will die of hunger, give me food. The king reminded him of the condition, but he was not ready to give up the food, then the king gave him flour, pulses, rice, etc. He reached the river, as usual, took a bath, and started cooking. When the food was ready he started calling out to God: Come, Lord! the food is ready. On his call, the Lord, wearing a Pitamber, came in the form of a quadrilateral and started eating with him with love. After eating food, the Lord disappeared and he went to his work.
After fifteen days, on the next Ekadashi, he started telling the king that Maharaj, give me double the goods. That day I remained hungry. When the king asked the reason, he told us that God also eats with us. That's why this stuff is not complete for both of us. The king was surprised to hear this. He said: I cannot believe that God eats with you. I keep such a fast, I do worship, but God has never appeared to me. After listening to the king, he said: Maharaj! If you don't believe me, have a look. The king sat hiding behind a tree. The person cooked food and kept calling God till evening, but God did not come. At last, he said: Oh my God! If you don't come, I will jump into the river and give up my life. But God did not come, then he proceeded towards the river to give up his life. Knowing his strong intention to give up his life, soon the Lord appeared and stopped him and sat down to eat food together. After eating and drinking, they took him to his abode by putting him in his plane. Seeing this, the king thought that fasting is of no use unless the mind is pure. This gave knowledge to the king. He also started fasting with his heart and finally got to heaven.