Ashadi Ekadashi, also spelt as Ashadhi Ekadashi, is the most important Ekadasi vrata observed as first Ekadashi. It falls on eleventh day in bright half of Ashad Maas. In 2016, Ashadi Ekadashi date is July 15.
Also popular as Devshayani Ekadashi or Sayana Ekadasi or Harisayani Ekadashi or Harivasara Ekadasi, Ashadi Ekadasi marks the celebration of Pandharpur Palki Yatra in Vithoba Temple in Maharashtra. 17-days long Ashadi Waari Palki Yatra concludes on Ashadi Ekadasi day in Pandharpur Vithal Temple.
As per many legends associated with Ashadi Ekadasi, Lord Vishnu goes on to Yog nidra (cosmic meditation) on this day for four months. These four months holy period is observed as Chaturmas Puja. Sri Maha Vishnu opens his eyes and gets up from the cosmic sleep on Utthana Ekadasi (Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi) which is also popular as Kartik Ekadashi. In Pandharpur Vithoba Temple, Kartik Ekadasi Yatra is another important pilgrimage festival.
Ashadi Ekadashi in other countries
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in USA – as per Hawaii, CST, EST, PST & MST – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in UK & Europe – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in UAE & Gulf countries – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in Singapore – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in Malaysia – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in Australia – July 15
Ashadi Ekadashi 2016 date in New Zealand – July 15
In 2015, Ashadi Ekadashi date is July 15
In 2014, Ashadi Ekadashi date was July 9.
In 2013, Ashadi Ekadashi date was July 19.
Ashadi Ekadashi 2012 date was June 30.