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From sleeping to awakening of the divine
From sleeping to awakening of the divine

In Hindu mythology the trinity gods are worshiped as supreme. They are Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer). While Brahma creates the world Vishnu is the ultimate preserver who preserves the world.

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It is Vishnu who manages the balance of good and evil and keeps a check on continuity of life. Many people thinks that this happens all through the year but Vishnu keeps a check only for eight months and then goes for deep meditation and sleep for four months which is also called as Chaturmas. Chaturmas starts from Dev Shayani Ekadashi which is on the eleventh day of bright fortnight of Ashad month or eleventh day of Shukla-Paksha of the month Ashad. This year it will be held on June 29, 2023. Lord Vishnu goes to Raja Bali’s after world to rest. During this time when Vishnu goes to sleep Shiva is takes his place and looks on the continuity of creatures. These four months are started with sharvan month which is said to be Lord Shiva’s favorite month. During this time it is said tha one should not do any celebrations like weddings, house openings, etc. Worshiping Lord Shiva is a common practice during this time for prosperity, calmness and positivity. Dev Shayani Ekadashi holds great importance in Hindu mythology and is believed to be the day when Lord Vishnu falls asleep to begin his divine slumber. The word "Shayani" translates to "sleeping," and thus the festival is also referred to as "the day of Lord Vishnu's cosmic slumber." It is believed that during this time, the doors of heaven open, and devotees have the opportunity to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu and attain salvation. Fasting, worshiping Vishnu, bhajan kirtans, charity and reading scriptures are common practices during these months.

Dev Shayani Ekadashi holds immense significance in Hindu culture and provides an opportunity for devotees to express their love and devotion to Lord Vishnu. The day of Lord Vishnu's cosmic slumber is observed with fasting, prayers, and various religious rituals. It serves as a reminder for individuals.

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Then after four months when Vishnu wakes up is called Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Dev Uthani Ekadashi, also known as Prabodhini Ekadashi or Devutthana Ekadashi, is a sacred Hindu festival celebrated in India. It falls on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). This auspicious day marks the end of the four-month-long Chaturmas period when Lord Vishnu is believed to have been in a state of deep slumber. Devotees observe various rituals and ceremonies to awaken Lord Vishnu and welcome his divine presence back into the world. In this article, we will explore the significance of Dev Uthani Ekadashi and the customs associated with its celebration. After four months Lord Shiva then goes back to his deep meditation.     

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