Shayani Ekadashi also called Ashadha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most significant fasts observed by Hindus. It is also known as Devshayani Ekadashi, Ashadi Ekadashi, Hari Shayani Ekadashi, Maha-Ekadashi and Prathama Ekadashi. The Shayani Ekadashi date of celebration in 2017 falls on July 4 (Tuesday), also marking the commencement of Chaturmas, the holy period of four months when Bhagwan Vishnu goes to sleep and wakes up on Prabodhini Ekadashi. The devotees worship Lord Vishnu and Mata Lakshmi according to the muhurat and puja vidhi and listen to Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha. The devotees worship the images of Vitthal Rukmini (Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi avatars). Shayani Ekadashi 2017 Date, Muhurat and Puja Vidhi: Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha Dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
According to the Hindu legends, Lord Vishnu fell asleep in Ksheersagar, the cosmic ocean of milk on the Shesha Shaiya – the bed of Shesha Nag (serpent). The event on the day is called Dev-Shayani Ekadashi (god-sleeping eleventh) or Hari-shayani Ekadashi (Vishnu-sleeping eleventh) or Shayana Ekadashi. He slept for four months, called chaturmas coinciding with the rainy season. The period includes the Hindu calendar months of Ashadh, Shravan, Bhadarva ad Aaso. For Devshayani Ekadashi 2017 Muhurat Date, click here.