Every year on the day of Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi, a special pooja is performed from house to house for four months. A month ago, on the day of Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi, the saplings of the party kept in the Tulsi Moth of the house are moved to the Moth today. According to the Sanatan Vedic tradition, Tulsi is considered as a symbol of Vishnu. From today till the day of Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, special worship of Tulsi is done.
Since Lord Vishnu sleeps in the Milky Way for four months from Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi to Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, today is called Harishyani Ekadashi, says Prof. Dr. Ram Chandra Gautam, a theologian and former chairman of the Nepal Panchang Judging Committee. The four months in which Lord Vishnu sleeps are also called Chaturmasa.
There are 24 Ekadashis in a year. All those who can fast on Ekadashi by eating only fruits. Those who cannot fast fast on the eight Ekadashis which fall in the four months of the four months. Those who should be active in work and have not been able to eat fruit for four months, fast on the days of Harishyani Ekadashi and Haribodhini Ekadashi.
Devotees have been flocking to Narayan and Vishnu temples across the country, including Budhanilkantha in the capital and Char Narayan in the valley, since this morning on the occasion of Harishyani Ekadashi. Even though the main temple of Lord Narayan is closed, the temple is scattered in different places.
Due to the risk of corona, people are not able to go to the temple, but in some places, devotees gather at a distance and adopt health safety measures. Most of the temples are also closed for public viewing and worship. In those temples, only daily worship is done. On the day of Ekadashi, especially non-edible bread made from rice, Dhindo and other fruits are eaten.
Basil, which is also scientifically proven to be high in oxygen, is used as a medicine for various ailments. It is believed that poisonous germs that spread the disease do not come to the place where the basil is grown. It is believed that placing basil in the place where there are architectural defects will bring positive results. The fact that pure air flows in the place where Tulsi is found has been scientifically confirmed.
There is a Vedic method of marrying Tulsi on the day of Kartik Shukla Ekadashi or Haribodhini Ekadashi. After the ritual marriage of Tulsi and Damodar, Havan is also performed for the celebration of Chaturmasa fast by the method of fire installation.