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Shayana Ekadashi – Toli Ekadashi

Today (July 12, 2019, this year) is an auspicious occasion for us. It is the Sleeping Ekadashi on which day, God Vishnu starts his sleep and keeps sleeping for the entire period of 4 months.

It is believed that Vishnu sleeps from the eleventh day of the month of Ashada till the eleventh day of the month of Kartik which is a four-month period. One year for human beings is equal to one day for celestial beings. As per that calculation, 8 hours of sleep comes to a 4 month period. So, God is taking his 8-hour sleep during this period.

People observe this occasion by worshiping Lord Narayan and Devi Lakshmi every day with special austerity and by keeping fast on each first Ekadashi of all the four months during this period.

The devotees throng the temples of God Vishnu and his other forms. Special pujas take place in those temples. In Maharashtra, Pandharpur Vithal Swamy is famous where people of all creeds get together and participate in processions during these days.

So, wish you all Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings.

By Venkat Acharya

A senior citizen, retired accountant from the cement industry. Developed a passion for writing after retirement in 2010. Even though the writing is in his blood because of his father who has been a good writer and artist, Venkat started writing only from 2012 onwards (because of his busy workload during employment). His writings are mainly focussed on lifestyle tips, recipes, and Finance/Economics topics. Later, he started creative writing topics also at HubPages besides other online assignments. He loves art, music, reading books of different genres, expressing his views on various matters. Further, he self-published a book titled "Introduction to Economics" based on his own knowledge and experiences in a KDP book form as well as a Paperback at Amazon which is available only for $2 at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Economics-Basic-Principles-Concepts/dp/1973207303/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517381696&sr=1-1&keywords=Introduction+to+economics-+basic+concepts+and+principlesebook/dp/B01NBIF19C.

4 replies on “Shayana Ekadashi – Toli Ekadashi”

The puja is done by reciting some slokas (hymns) in praise of God, offering flowers. The worship place is to be auspicious (pure and clean) and you should wear clean clothes as far as possible (that are kept only for worship purpose by devotees like me). Fruits and food are also offered to God at the end and then consumed as his blessings. At temples, they perform more elaborate worship on behalf of all devotees participating there. And the offerings to God are distributed to all present there.

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