Amalaki Ekadashi | About Amalaki Ekadashi | Legend | Rituals | Significance

About Amalaki Ekadashi 

Amalaki Ekadashi is primarily observed in India, specifically in the state of Maharashtra. The day also marks the beginning of the main celebrations of the festival of Holi.Amalakhi Ekadashi celebrated on the 11th day of the waxing phase of te moon, in the Hindu mnth Phalgun that falls in the month of February march.Amalaki Ekadashi falls between Maha Shivaratri and Holi.Amalaki Ekadashi also known as ‘Amalaka Ekadashi’.

 

The main attraction or the ritual of the festival is worshiping Amala Tree and Lord Vishnu. The day starts with ritual bath followed by prayers. Some devote observe a day-long fast and pray for prosperity, wealth, and health. The dates of Amalaki Ekadashi vary every year because of the fact that it is based on Hindu calendar and Hindu calendars are based on the solar cycle.

Legend of Amalaki Ekadashi

According to one of the mythological inscriptions, King Chitrasena along with his followers too had observed this fast . During one of his hunting experiences, the mighty king got captured by a group of asuras (demons) who never relented to release him. However, they were successfully destroyed after a divine power emerged right from the body of King Chitrasena to which everyone remained aghast and speechless. After getting back to his conscious self, the king learned from Akashvani that it was because of the Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat that he got protected.

Rituals Of Amalaki Ekadashi

  

Person who is observing Ekadashi fast, after refreshing himself should offer water to Amla tree. The Amla tree should be worshiped with incense, sandalwood, roli, flowers etc. followed by an offering of meal to Brahmins underneath the Amla tree.

Significance of  Amalaki Ekadashi

The importance of Vaishnava Amalaki Ekadashi is described in the religious scriptures like ‘Brahmanda Purana’ as a form of conversation between King Yudhishthira and Lord Sri Krishna. This day is of great significance for Lord Vishnu followers as it is believed that be observing Vaishnava Amalaki Ekadashi, devotees attain ‘moksha’ and go straight to ‘Vaikunth’ the eternal heaven. The Vaishnava Amalaki Ekadashi vrat is also undertaken for increasing spiritual development.

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