In Hindu fasting rituals, Ekadashi has a prominent place to be celebrated with sheer devotion. In a year, we have 24 Ekadashi to follow with their respective significance. Amalaka Ekadashi or Amalaki Ekadashi is one of the Ekadashi celebrated with unbreakable dedication in the month of Phalguna. On this day, devotees worship under the Amla tree, which is popularly known as Indian Gooseberry. Devotees believe that Lord Vishnu inhibits in this auspicious tree and since Ekadashi is primarily dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it becomes spontaneous to deify the tree as an emblem of Vishnu. The Amalaka Ekadashi also rings the bell for the festival of colors- Holi.
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Amalaka Ekadashi 2021- Date and Important timings
Important Timings On Amalaki Ekadashi
Sunrise – March 25, 2021 6:29 AM
Sunset- March 25, 2021 6:35 PM
Dwadashi End – March 26, 2021, 8:21 AM
Ekadashi Tithi commences- March 24, 2021 10:23 AM
Ekadashi Tithi End- March 25, 2021, 9:47 AM
Hari Vasara End Moment- March 25, 2021, 3:26 PM
Parana Time- March 26, 6:28 AM – March 26, 8:21 AM
Significance Of Amalaka Ekadashi
The story behind Amalaka Ekadashi is fascinating. After celebrating the Vrata on Amalaki Ekadashi, King Chitrasena and his subjects went on a trip to the jungle. Unfortunately, they fell into a severe trap of demons and troubled their precious lives. The troop of demons arrived there and surrounded the king. Even though the king fought valiantly, he fainted there eventually. When the troop of demons was about to harm him with their weapons, a sharp light from heaven appeared and killed all the demons. When the king woke up and found all the demons dead, he becomes astounded about the miracle. While he was thinking about the situation, a peremptory voice from the sky resonated, you have got the results of your Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat. From that day, the Vrat got incredible recognition, especially in north India.
Rituals associated with Amalaki Ekadashi
On the occasion of Amalaka Ekadashi, people celebrating Vrat wake up timely in the morning and after taking a bath, worship and bid prayers to Lord Vishnu. Since the pooja is prepared under the Amla tree, devotees offer Tulsi leaves, dry fruits, fruits, incense sticks, coconut to please the deity. A lot of people prepare a sweet bhog to ask for the precious blessing of Lord Vishnu. Like every other puja, Vrat Katha is read and devotees get solace after listening to that.