New Delhi: Devshayani Ekadashi comes just after the Jagannath Rathyatra and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and wakes up after four months. As per the English calendar, Devshayani Ekadashi falls in the month of June or July. Also known as Padma Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Hari Shayani Ekadashi, this year, Devshayani Ekadashi falls on July 23.
Following are the Parana timings, as per Drikpanchang.com:
On 24th, Parana Time - 06:16 AM to 08:51 AM
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment – 6:25 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 2:47 PM on 22/Jul/2018
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 4:23 PM on 23/Jul/2018
Parana refers to breaking the fast and is done after sunrise on the following day of Ekadashi.
Fasting on Ekadashi is considered to be extremely auspicious. Devotees keep the fast in order to receive love and blessings from Lord Vishnu. It is believed that by observing a fast on this day and following rules and rituals, one can attain peace and serenity. The ones who are not keeping a fast must wake up early and worship Lord Vishnu. For the Puja, sprinkle some Gangaajal on the Lord's photo. After this, apply tilak and offer flowers to the lord. Then, light a diya using Desi Ghee and seek forgiveness for any sins that you might have committed unknowingly.
Picking of Tulsi leaves and consuming onion and garlic on the day of Ekadashi is prohibited.