Sri Hari Vishnu is worshiped on Amalaki Ekadashi. It is believed that by observing this fast, all sins are destroyed.
Amalaki Ekadashi has special significance in the Hindu Puranas. Celebrated four days before Holi, this Ekadashi (Ekadashi) has a mythological significance.
It is believed that with the effect of this fast, all the sins of the person are destroyed. This is not to say that anyone who performs Amalaki Ekadashi fasting with true heart gets a virtue equal to a thousand Gaudan fruits.
Legendary belief is that a devotee who fasts on this Ekadashi dedicated to Shri Hari Vishnu succeeds in every task and finally goes to Vishnulok.
When is Amalaki Ekadashi?
According to the Hindu calendar, Amalaki Ekadashi falls on the Krishna Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month. According to the Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated every year in the month of February or March. This time Amalaki Ekadashi is on 6 March.
Amalaki Ekadashi date and auspicious time
Date of Amalaki Ekadashi 2020: 6 March 2020
Ekadashi Tithi Start: 5 March 2020 at 1:15 pm
Ekadashi date ends: 6 am 2020 till 11:47 am
End time: from 6:40 AM to 9:00 AM on 7 March 2020
Importance of Amalaki Ekadashi
Amalaki Ekadashi has special significance in Hinduism. Amalaki means Amla.
Let me tell you that Amla has a great place in the scriptures. It is believed that when Shri Hari Vishnu gave birth to Brahma for the creation of the universe, at the same time he gave birth to the Amla tree. Amla is revered by Lord Vishnu as the Adi tree. God has a place in every part of it.
It is believed that worshiping Amla and Shri Hari Vishnu on Amalaki Ekadashi brings salvation. It is believed that those who wish to attain heaven and salvation, should worship Lord Vishnu under the Amla tree on the day of Amalaki Ekadashi. It is said that Amla is the favorite fruit of Lord Vishnu.
Amla tree is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu.
Amalaki Ekadashi Puja
- A day before Amalaki Ekadashi, that is, Dashami should sleep at night while meditating on Lord Vishnu.
- On the first day of Ekadashi, first of all, retire on a regular day and take a bath and wear clean clothes.
- Now, in front of the statue of Vishnu in the temple of the house, take a resolution of fasting with sesame, kush, mudra and water in hand.
- Saying in such a resolve, “I keep the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi with the blessings of Lord Vishnu and wishing for salvation. Sri Hari keep me in my shelter for this fast to be completed successfully.”
- Now worship Shri Hari Vishnu by law. First of all, bathe the statue of Vishnu and wipe and wear clean clothes.
- Now offer flowers, season fruits and basil leaves to Vishnu. After this, perform the aarti of Shri Hari Vishnu and bow to him.
- Now offer Vishnu’s idol. After worshiping Vishnu, worship the gooseberry tree with worship material.
- Before worshiping the gooseberry tree, first of all clean the land around the tree and sanctify it with cow dung.
- Make an altar in the root of the tree and install the urn on it.
- Invite Gods, Shrines and Sagar in this Kalash.
- Place Panch Ratna in the Kalash. Place panch pallava on it and then light a lamp.
- Apply Shrikhand sandalwood paste on the urn and wear clothes.
- Now install the idol of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Shri Vishnu on the Kalash and duly worship.
- In the evening, worship Vishnu once and take the fruit.
- In the night, worship Lord Hari Vishnu while doing Bhagavata Katha and Bhajan-Kirtan.
- On the next day i.e. on Dwadashi, give food to the Brahmin in the morning. Give them away as soon as you give them strength and charity.
- After this, you should also take food yourself and pass the fast.
Story of Amalaki Ekadashi
According to the ancient mythology, there was a city named Baar Vaidish, in which Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras lived along with the four varnas, Anand. The Vedas always echoed in that city, and there was no one in that city, a sinner, an abusive and an atheist.
In that city, a Chandravanshi king named Chaitrath ruled. He was extremely learned and righteous. No person was poor and stingy in that city. All the residents of the city were Vishnu devotees and Abal-aged women and men used to observe Ekadashi.
Once the Amalaki Ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month came. On that day, the king, the subjects and the child-aged all fasted with joy. The king, along with his subjects, went to the temple and installed the full Kumbh, worshiped amla with incense, lamps, naivedya, pancharatna etc. and thus began to praise. After this, everyone did the night awakening in that temple.
At night there came a fowler, who was extremely sinful and vicious. He used to follow his family by killing them. Extremely distraught with hunger and thirst, the fowler sat in a corner of the temple to watch this awakening and started listening to the story of Lord Vishnu and Ekadashi Mahatmya. In this way, like other humans, he too spent the whole night awake.
As soon as everyone went to his house in the morning, Fowler also went to his house. He went home to have food. After some time, that fowler died. But due to the fasting and awakening of that Amalaki Ekadashi, he was born in the house of King Vidurath and was named Vasurath.
When he was young, he started adhering to 10 thousand villages, including Chaturangini army and with money and grain. He was extremely religious, truthful, karmaveer and Vishnu devotee. He used to follow the subjects in the same manner. Donating was his daily duty.
One day the king went to play hunting. Due to his absence, he forgot the route and due to lack of direction, he slept under a tree in the same forest. After some time some people came there and seeing the king alone, ran towards the king, uttering the words ‘kill, kill …’.
They started saying that this evil king has killed many relatives, including our mother, father, son, grandson etc. and has been expelled from the country, so it must be killed.
Having said that, they ran to kill that king and threw many kinds of weapons and weapons at him. All those weapons would have been destroyed as soon as they fell on the king’s body and his blow would have looked like a flower. Now the weapons of those people started attacking them in reverse, due to which they started falling unconscious.
At the same time a divine woman was born from the king’s body. Despite being extremely beautiful, the woman was crooked, her red fire was coming out of her eyes, which made her look like another time.
The woman ran to kill those people and in a short time she made everyone a grass of time. When the king woke up to sleep, he saw those people dead and said that who has killed these enemies? Who is my best friend in this forest?
He was just thinking that the voice came out of the sky, “O king! Who can help you in this world apart from Lord Vishnu. ”On hearing this Akashvani, the king came into his kingdom and started ruling happily.