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.