In Hinduism and Jainism, Ekadashi is considered a very spiritual day and is observed by partial fast.
Fruit, vegetables, and milk products are eaten by the people. This fasting starts from sunrise on the day of Ekadashi to sunset on the following day of Ekasdashi.
The timing of each Ekadashi is according to the position of the moon in the Hindu calendar. The Hindu calendar marks the progression from a full moon to a new moon as divided into fifteen equal arcs. Each arc measures one lunar day called a tithi. Ekadashi refers to the 11th tithi, or lunar day in the Hindu calendar. In the bright half of the lunar month, the moon will appear roughly 75 percent full on Ekadashi, and in the dark half of the lunar month, the moon will be about 75 percent dark on Ekadashi. There are usually 24 Ekadashis in a calendar year. Two extra Ekadashis happen in a leap year.
Bhagavata Purana from Hinduism notes the observation of Ekadashi by Ambarisha, a devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Each Ekadashi day is meant to have particular benefits and blessings that are attained by the performance of specific activities.
We have put together this guide to help you know what to do on the day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi:
Lakshmi Pujan –
After bathing on the day of Devuthani Ekadashi, mother Vishnu is also duly worshiped along with Lord Vishnu. Remember that only by doing this your worship is considered complete and the person gets the blessings of mother Lakshmi.
Light a lamp in a Peepal tree –
It is believed that the Peepal tree is inhabited by the gods. This is the reason that lighting a lamp of cow’s ghee near the Peepal tree on the day of Devuthani Ekadashi is considered auspicious.
There is a tradition of marrying Tulsi with Lord Vishnu on the day of Devuthani Ekadashi. On this day every happy woman must do this marriage. By doing this, he gets a good fortune. While worshiping Maa Tulsi, definitely offer Lal Chunri to them.
Light a lamp in the house in the evening-
On this day in the evening, lit a lamp in every corner of the house and worship Goddess Lakshmi. By doing this, the grace of Maa Lakshmi remains on you forever.
Read Lakshmi Sukta –
On the day of Dev Deepawali, do a Sukta recitation to please Maa Lakshmi. By doing this, all your financial crises will go away.
Abhishek by adding cow’s milk in the conch-
On the day of Dev Ekani, one should anoint Lord Vishnu by pouring cow’s milk in the southern conch. Apart from this, Tulsi should also be married to Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Pujan on this day.