October 31, 2017 9:08:49 pm
Devutthana Ekadashi, also known as Prabodhini Ekadashi, falls on the 11th lunar day in the lunar calendar month of Kartik. It is generally believed that the day marks the end to the four-month period of Chaturmas, when Lord Vishu is believed to be asleep. It is believed that Lord Vishu sleeps on Shayani Ekadashi (which fell on July 4 this year) and wakes up on Prabodhini Ekadashi. It is owing to this mythical lore that the day is known by several names — Vishnu-prabodhini (“awakening of Vishnu”) and Deothan, Dev uthav ekadashi or Dev Oothi ekadashi (“god’s awakening”) or Devutthana Ekadashi. It is followed by Kartik Poornima, which is celebrated as ‘Diwali of gods’.
This year Prabodhini Ekadashi falls on October 31.
On Prabodhini Ekadashi, several devotees observe fast and the marriage of the Tulsi plant with Vishu is performed. There is also a tradition of making designs on the floor with rice paste. In the evening, Tulsi vivah is observed by illuminating earthen lamps and fireworks. This is mainly observed in remote districts and villages of Madhya Pradesh.
The day is celebrated differently at different places. In Maharashtra devotees go to the Pandharpur temple of Vithoba as celebrations continue for five days. In Gujarat, pilgrims perform the circumbulation of Mount Girnar for over two days. In Rajasthan, the Pushkar fair begins around this time and continues till Kartik Poornima. The day also marks the beginning of sugar cane harvest and several farmers perform pujas in the field. The day holds great relevance in the Swaminarayan sect as it marks the religious initiation (diksha) of Swaminarayan by his guru Ramanand Swami back in the 19th century.
This year, the Ekadashi Tithi begins at 7:03pm on October 30 and ends at 6:55pm on October 31, according to Drikpanchang.com.
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