Puraan | 9-Bhavishya Puraan | 4-Uttar Parv
9-Bhavishya Puraan, 4-Uttar Parv-70, p 453-454
Dev Shayanee Dwaadashee Vrat
Krishn said - "When Soorya enters in Mithun Raashi (Gemini), one should make the idol of Madhusoodan sleep and when Soorya enters in Tulaa Raashi (Libra) then he should wake Him up. One should neither make Him sleep or wake up by any other method. In Aashaadh Maas, on the 11th day of Shukla Paksh, one should keep fast and make the idol sleep on a white bed. First bathe it with Panchaamrit, clothe it and worship it with this Mantra. (see the Mantra on p 453) After making Him sleep, one should vow to keep control on his tongue and follow other rules. Thus Bhagavaan sleeps for four months of the year.
Now you listen to
the rules of this period -
(There are many other rules described here.)
During these months, marriages, Yagya etc are not performed. In the month which has no Sankraanti, (Mal Maas) no activity related to Devtaa and Pitar should be performed.
In Bhaadrapad Maas, on 11th day of Shukla Paksh, Vishnu's Kati Daan is done. Kati Daan means "to change the side" - Vishnu changes His side. Mahaa Poojaa should be done this day.
Now you listen to the reason of this Vishnu Shayan. One time, Yog Nidraa pleased Hari by her Tapasyaa and prayed - "Please give me a place in your body parts." Then I found that my whole body is covered with Lakshmee's all body parts, so I gave her a place in my eyes and said - "You will be in me for four months. So Yog Nidraa dwelled in my eyes. Whenever I sleep on this Shesh Shayyaa (bed) in Ksheer Saagar, at that time Lakshmee massages my both feet and the waves of Ksheer Saagar washes my feet. Who lives with many rules during these four months, he lives in Vishnu Lok for the whole Kalp.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/29/13