Amalaki Ekadashi 2024 Date, Vrat Khatha, Rituals and Significance

February 20, 2024

Ekadashi in Hindu religion, Amalaki Ekadashi also has great glory. The Ekadashi that falls in Pushya Nakshatra in the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month is called Amalaki Ekadashi. It is very auspicious to observe fast on Amalaki Ekadashi. Amalaki means gooseberry. God resides in every branch of the Amla tree. Amla has got the best place in the scriptures in the same way as Ganga has got the same place among the rivers and Lord Vishnu has got the same place among the gods. When Lord Vishnu gave birth to Brahma to create the universe, at the same time he also gave birth to the Amla tree. Lord Vishnu has said that the beings who want to attain heaven and salvation must observe the fast of Ekadashi falling in Pushya Nakshatra in Phalgun Shukla Paksha. On this day people worship Lord Vishnu, observe fast, and worship the Amla tree. In India, the Amla tree is also called Amalaki. Since Lord Vishnu resides in this tree, it is considered extremely auspicious and worshipable. By fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi, one gets the blessings of all the Gods and Goddesses, and the blessings of Lord Vishnu always remain.

Phalguna Shukla Ekadashi 2024

The overall celebration of Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, but the story and significance vary. Similarly, we come up with another Ekadashi festival, Phalguna Shukla Ekadashi or Amalaka Ekadashi. Amalaka, meaning gooseberry tree, is a festival dedicated to the gooseberry tree (Amla). The festival of Phalguna Shukla Ekadashi is celebrated on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Phalgun. Therefore, this day also marks the beginning of the Hindu festival of colors Holi.

Amalaki Ekadashi Date

Amalaki Ekadashi on Wednesday, 20 March 2024

Amalaki Ekadashi Start Time – 20 March 2024 at 12:21 AM

Amalaki Ekadashi End Time – 21 March 2024 at 02:22 AM

Amalaki Ekadashi Parana time

Amalaki Ekadashi (breakfast) time – 20 Mar 2024 at 01:43 pm

Dwadashi ending time on Paran Tithi – 04:04 pm

Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat 2024 

The steps for Amalaki Ekadashi puja are given below by our expert astrologer-

  • If you are observing fast on Ekadashi, then on the day of puja, you should take a bath by mixing Ganga water in water. Apart from this, wear clean clothes.
  • Now take a pledge to fast in front of the worship idol of Lord Vishnu. Keep sesame seeds, mudra, kush, and water in your hand.
  • Say this in your resolution, “I observe the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi with the blessings of Lord Vishnu and the desire for salvation.” To complete this fast, Lord Vishnu keeps me under his protection.
  • Now worship Lord Vishnu. Apart from this, offer flowers, fruits, and basil leaves in front of Lord Vishnu.
  • After this, perform Aarti of Shri Hari Vishnu and pay obeisance to him.
  • Further, worship the Amla tree with all these ingredients.
  • First of all, before worshiping the Amla tree, clean the land around the tree and purify it with cow dung.
  • Now pray to the Gods and the ocean in this Kalash.
  • Place Panch Ratna in the Kalash and further place Panch Pallav on it and then light the lamp.
  • Apart from this, apply Shrikhand sandalwood paste on the Kalash.
  • Now place the worship idol of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Shri Vishnu, on the Kalash and pray to him.
  • Worship Lord Vishnu in the evening and eat fruits.
  • The next day i.e. on Dwadashi also you can break the fast by taking food.

Amalaki Ekadashi of Rituals

According to the Hindu calendar, the day of Amalaki Ekadashi has the most importance compared to other festivals. Amalaki Ekadashi is also considered to be the beginning of the popular festival of Holi. Worshiping this tree while referring to God is considered one of the symbolic representations of Hinduism from a broader perspective. Whoever fasts with a wish in mind on this day, all their wishes are fulfilled. According to Hindu belief, Goddess Lakshmi is considered the goddess of wealth. By fasting on the day of Amalaki Ekadashi, Goddess Lakshmi fulfills all their wishes. Furthermore, it is believed that Lord Krishna who was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu used to visit his beloved Radha near the Amla tree. Because of this, the importance of this day increases further. All the wishes of those who pray to the Amla tree are fulfilled. The Amla tree is most important from a medicinal perspective. It also gives health benefits. Many types of herbs are made from Amla trees. Amla tree is used extensively for manufacturing modern medicines which is a source of Vitamin C.

Amalaki Ekadashi of Significance

Fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi is very fruitful in itself. On the first day of the Amalaki fast, the devotee should sleep on the night of Dashami while meditating on Lord Vishnu along with the Ekadashi fast. To ensure that this fast is completed successfully, please keep me under your protection. After that one should meditate on Lord Vishnu and chant the mantra. After worshiping God, the Amla tree should be worshiped with the worship material. First of all, clean the land around the tree and purify it with cow dung. Place Panch Pallava on it and then light the lamp. Shrikhand sandalwood should be applied on the Kalash and clothes should be worn. Finally, install the idol of Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Shri Vishnu, on the Kalash and worship Parashuramji duly. Remember the Lord by reciting Bhagwat Katha and bhajan-kirtan at night. On the morning of Dwadashi, feed food to the Brahmin and give him Dakshina. Also, the Kalash along with the idol of Parashuram should be presented to the Brahmin.

Amalaki Ekadashi of Vrat Katha

In ancient times, a king named Chitrasen ruled. Ekadashi fast had great importance in his kingdom and all the people used to fast on Ekadashi. The king had great devotion towards Amalaki Ekadashi.

One day the king went far into the forest while hunting. Then some wild and hill bandits surrounded the king. After this, the bandits attacked the king with weapons. But by the grace of God, whatever weapons were fired at the king, they would turn into flowers.

Due to the large number of bandits, the king fell unconscious on the ground. Then a divine power appeared from the king’s body and disappeared after killing all the demons. When the king regained consciousness, he found all the demons dead. Seeing this the king was surprised who killed these bandits. Then a voice came from the sky – O king! All these demons have been killed due to the effect of your fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi. The Vaishnavi power of Amalaki Ekadashi generated from your body has killed them. After killing them, it again entered your body.

Wrapping Up

The Amla tree has a very powerful significance in Hindu mythology. This is the most auspicious day when you can worship the Amla tree to get blessings from Lord Vishnu. If you want to know more details about Amalaki Ekadashi then you can take an online astrology consultation.

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