Prabodhini Ekadashi, 19 November 2018

Prabodhini Ekadashi, 19 November 2018

Prabodhini Ekadashi is a holy Hindu event. It is observed mainly in worship to Lord Vishnu. Prabodhini Ekadashi is the time when Lord Vishnu wakes up after about 4 months. Two Ekadashis are observed every month in a Hindu calendar month; therefore, there are about 24 Ekadashis in a year. Each Ekadashi may have a specific purpose, significance, and meaning. Prabodhini Ekadashi is also known as Devotthan, Devutthana Ekadashi or Dev Uttani Ekadashi. Uttani means to wake up from sleep or rise. Prabodhini also means awakening.

Prabodhini Ekadashi also marks the beginning of the wedding season. Prabodhini Ekadashi overlaps with another important Hindu event called Tulsi Vivah. It is believed that Lord Vishnu married Tulsi. Tulsi is the holy basil plant that is considered very sacred in Hinduism. Many married and unmarried prospecting females observe Tulsi Vivah for the wellbeing of their husbands, wishing for good spouses, respectively.

The date of Prabodhini Ekadashi is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It falls on the 11th lunar day called Ekadashi, of the Shukla Paksha moon phase, of the Hindi calendar month of Kartik. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing phase of the moon in the fortnight of the month. This corresponds to around the Gregorian month period of October end or November.

Lord Vishnu is one of the top three deities, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Many regard Lord Vishnu as the 2nd after Lord Brahma; though the three are regarded as the manifestation-sign of One Supreme Being. Lord Vishnu is the preserver and protector God who keeps the evil, demons, destruction, etc away. Goddess Lakshmi is his consort. Lord Vishnu sisters are Goddess Parvati, Ganga, and Shakti. 

There are several avatars of Lord Vishnu, namely, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parshuram, Matsya, Kurma, Balaram, Kalki.

Many devotees observe a daylong Vrat, fast, on Prabodhini Ekadashi. They wake up early in the morning and bathe. It is also to mark honor-respect to Lord Vishnu. Many seek forgiveness for any sins committed. Many visit Lord Vishnu temple. 

A Mantra for Lord Vishnu is—

                        Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
                        ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय

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(Updated Date & Time :- 2018-11-17 10:15:32 )

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