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2020 Amalaki Ekadashi

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Amalaki Ekadashi - Observance and Significance

What is Amalaki Ekadashi?

Amalaki Ekadashi is regarded as one of the most pious and vital Ekadashi among all the 24 Ekadashis that take place in a year. The term Amalaki represents the Indian gooseberry. As per the mythology, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu reside in the tree of gooseberry. Thus, the tree is regarded as highly auspicious. People offer prayers and worship the tree on the eve of Amalaki Ekadashi.

When is Amalaki Ekadashi?

As per the Hindu calendar, Amalaki Ekadashi falls in the month of Phalguna during the Shukla Paksha on the eleventh day. As per the Gregorian calendar, the day falls either in the month of March or February. The festival of Amalaki Ekadashi takes place between Holi and Maha Shivratri.

What Is The Significance Of Amalaki Ekadashi?

  • Amalaki Ekadashi is one of the most sacred and auspicious days for fasting. As per the belief, people who fast on the eve of Ekadashi then they are likely to reach to Lord Vishnu’s abode i.e. ‘Vaikunth’.
  • The significance of observing a fast on this day is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana as well as the same was also recited by Saint Valmiki.
  • By observing a fast of Amalaki Ekadashi people get rid of their past and present sins and also attain the path of salvation after their death.
  • People also worship the Amalaki tree in order to get bestowed with good health and abundance.

See Also: Ekadashi Mata Aarti

What Are The Rituals Of Amalaki Ekadashi?

  • On the pious day of Amalaki Ekadashi, devotees wake up early morning and take a bath and then perform the various morning rituals.
  • After that, the devotees worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu and the sacred tree of Amalaki.
  • By taking some sesame seeds and a coin in the palm, a Sankalp is observed by the devotees in order to achieve salvation (moksha) after death.
  • After offering prayers to the idol of the deity, devotees worship the tree by offering incense stick, flowers, rice, roli, sandalwood and water to the tree.
  • After this, donations are made to the Brahmins comprising food, clothes, money and other essential things.
  • On the eve of Amalaki Ekadashi, devotees also observe a fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In the fast, they can only consume the food which is made from Amla. In the milder form, a partial fast can also be observed by refraining oneself from consuming food made up of rice or grain.
  • The vrat is concluded after listening to the Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
  • The devotees also perform bhajan and recite various mantras and songs by staying awake all through the night in order to please Lord Vishnu.

What Is The Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Katha (story)?

As per the legend, the story of Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat narrates the importance of observing the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi. As the legend has it, there was a king named Chitrasena who was a firm devotee of Lord Vishnu. He used to observe the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi and thus gained the divine blessings of the deity. Once he went for hunting with his soldiers and there he got caught up by the tribal men. They attacked the king and the soldiers and imprisoned him.

As per their ritual, they decided to give bali (sacrifice) of King’s life to please their deity. At that time, the King lost his conscious and fell down. Suddenly a ray of light appeared from his body and killed all the tribal men. When the king attained consciousness, a divine voice told him that he was saved because of the merits and benefits of observing the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi with full devotion.

Also See: What is The Importance of Amla Navami?

Ekadashi Fasting Days

Apart from Amalaki Ekadashi, there are 23 Ekadashi Vrat in a year that fall on Krishna and Shukla Paksha of Hindu Calendar. All these Ekadashi tithi are very significant in Hindu traditions and are popular with various Ekadashi names. Here is the list of Ekadashi Vrat observed throughout the year.

S. N.

Hindu Month

Paksha

Ekadashi Vrat

1

Chaitra

Krishna Paksha

Papmochani Ekadashi

2

Chaitra

Shukla Paksha

Kamada Ekadashi

3

Vaishakha

Krishna Paksha

Varuthini Ekadashi

4

Vaishakha

Shukla Paksha

Mohini Ekadashi

5

Jyeshtha

Krishna Paksha

Apara Ekadashi

6

Jyeshtha

Shukla Paksha

Nirjala Ekadashi

7

Ashadha

Krishna Paksha

Yogini Ekadashi

8

Ashadha

Shukla Paksha

Devshayani Ekadashi

9

Shravana

Krishna Paksha

Kamika Ekadashi

10

Shravana

Shukla Paksha

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

11

Bhadrapada

Krishna Paksha

Aja Ekadashi

12

Bhadrapada

Shukla Paksha

Parsva Ekadashi

13

Ashwin

Krishna Paksha

Indira Ekadashi

14

Ashwin

Shukla Paksha

Papankusha Ekadashi

15

Kartika

Krishna Paksha

Rama Ekadashi

16

Kartika

Shukla Paksha

Devutthana Ekadashi

17

Margashirsha

Krishna Paksha

Utpanna Ekadashi

18

Margashirsha

Shukla Paksha

Mokshada Ekadashi

19

Paush

Krishna Paksha

Saphala Ekadashi

20

Paush

Shukla Paksha

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

21

Magha

Krishna Paksha

Shattila Ekadashi

22

Magha

Shukla Paksha

Jaya Ekadashi

23

Phalguna

Krishna Paksha

Vijaya Ekadashi

24

Phalguna

Shukla Paksha

Amalaki Ekadashi

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