The 11th day which is known as “Ekadashi” in Sanskrit which is each of the bright as well as dark fortnights of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadh are called Ashadhi Ekadashi or Mahaekadashi or Shayani Ekadashi.
Ashadi Ekadashi is more of a religious procession festival and is celebrated during the months of June-July (Aashaadh Shukla paksha).
They are a part of the major vowed religious observances of the Hindu religion. Ekadashi is considered as the date (tithi) of Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also referred to as Haridini. Unlike other vowed religious observances, an ekadashi need not be observed with a resolve 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.
In recent times, the holy festival of ‘Ashadi Ekadashi’ has seen multitudes from the states of Maharashtra and Goa make the pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam to celebrate this important festival in the Divine Presence. Devotees from the states of Maharashtra and Goa commence their Dindi Yatra from the town of Dharmavaram of about 40 kms from Puttaparthy on foot and reach Prasanthi Nilayam, on the morning of Ashadi Ekadashi.
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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 . 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 know 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.
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 Date :
In 2016, Ashadi Ekadashi will fall on Friday, 15 July 2016.
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