Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Monday 23rd July 2018
Devshayani Ekadashi Parana:
On 24th, Parana Time = 5:41 AM to 8:24 AM
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Time = 6:25 PM
Ekadashi Time Starts = 2:47 PM on 22-July-2018
Ekadashi Time Ends = 4:23 PM on 23-July-2018
About Devshayani Ekadashi:
Ashadha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is popularly known as Devshayani Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on this day and wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi.
Devshayani Ekadashi comes just after the famous Jagannath Rathyatra and currently falls in the month of June or July on the English calendar. Chaturmas, a four-month sacred period in the Hindu calendar, begins from the day.
Devshayani Ekadashi is also known as Padma Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi and Hari Shayani Ekadashi.
Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is made after dawn the day after Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to make Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi ends before dawn. Do not make Parana inside Dwadashi is similar to an offense.
Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. We must wait until Hari Vasara arrives before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is initially a fourth run of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna. If for some reason one can not break the fast during the Pratahkal, one must do it after Madhyahna.
Sometimes the fasting of Ekadashi is suggested for two consecutive days. It is advisable that Smartha with the family should observe fasting on the first day only. The alternative fast of Ekadashi, which is the second, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When the alternative fast of Ekadashi is suggested for Smartha, it coincides with the fasting day of Vaishnava Ekadashi.
The fast of Ekadashi of the two days is suggested for faithful devotees who seek the love and affection of Lord Vishnu.