Rising from Sleep after 4 months – Dev Uthani Ekadashi…Nature Happening

People from Northern India awaits eagerly for this day to come as they can perform marriages of their children and other new projects on their agenda .This is known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi, as on this day it is believed that Lord Vishnu gets up from his sleep after about four months .
It is a Hindu Festival celebrated with reference to Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated in the States of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and of course some residents of Delhi.

Dev Uthani means to wake up Dev or God and Ekadashi means the 11th Day. Hence the Dev Uthani Ekadashi literally denotes lunar day on which the rituals are performed to wake up the Lord Vishnu, who is known for looking up the well being of all human beings on earth.

As per the legend Lord Vishnu’s irregular sleep as being quite busy with destroying the evils pf devotes and showering blessings on them, disturbed the resting time of Goddess Laxmi, his consort. She requested Lord Vishnu Ji to regularize his sleeping timings so that she too get proper time to take rest. In the picture viewers must have seen while Lord is resting Goddess Laxmi is sitting at the end of his feet as if massaging his feet. On realising his mistake and truth in what Laxmi Ji is saying Lord Vishnu agreed to sleep for 4 months in a year on regular basis. Hence it is believed that Lord Vishnu Ji goes to sleep on Dev Shayani Ekadashi in the month of Ashadh and wakes up on Dev Uthani Ekadashi in the month of Kartik.

This year this falls on 8th November (today).

It marks the beginning of marriage season. Most of the people wait eagerly so that they can start important ceremonies including life changing marriage so called union of two hearts.

It is also a fact that in our country still a large number of marriages are arranged marriages and fixed based on dates decided by Pandits (Brahmins) based on the horoscope and the percentage of break up is not more than one to two percent. Hence belief in the system adopted and rituals performed in marriages.

Image of the Peacock (Peafowl – Scientific Name Pavo Cristatus) from the wilderness of Delhi taken on 17th October 2019.

Happy Dev Uthani Ekadashi to all!