In Hinduism, Ekadashi is a very auspicious day that holds great importance. Every month, there are two Ekadashis. Ekadashi (11th) day of Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon Period) of Magha month (as per the Hindu Calendar) is called Shattila Ekadashi. It is considered to be highly auspicious among the various Ekadashis. It is believed that for salvation, Lord Vishnu is specially worshipped on Shatila Ekadashi. This year, it falls on January 18, 2023. Moreover, according to scripture, not only puja and vrat but also Til Daan and Til Tarpan hold special significance on Shatilla Ekadashi.
So, let’s get to know more about Puja Vidhi, Til Tarpan and the benefits of fasting on
Shatilla Ekadashi 2023.
Shattila Ekadashi 2023: Date, Muhurat and Timings
In the year 2023, Shattila Ekadashi will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 18.
Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 06:05 p.m on January 17, 2023
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 04:03 p.m on January 18, 2023
Parana Tithi (breaking of fast) of Ekadashi: January 19, between 07:14 a.m to 09:21 a.m
Significance of Shatilla Ekadashi
Shattila Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and therefore, it is specially dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Devotees who worship Lord Vishnu on this Ekadashi get freedom from all sins. Moreover, Til (sesame) also has special importance on this day. It is said that following the below 6 rituals on this day, Devotees attain salvation and are freed from all sins. Worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day brings happiness, prosperity, wealth and peace in life as well as good health and relief from diseases and suffering.
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Shattila Ekadashi 2023 Puja Vidhi
On Shattila Ekadashi get up early in the morning and take til bath (apply til oil on the body and then take bath). After the bath, wear clean/new clothes and visit any nearby temple and worship Lord Vishnu. Offer til, flowers, incense etc. to Sri Krishna. Participate in Lord Vishnu aarti and offer things that are made of sesame seeds like Til Laddu to Lord Vishnu. Also, donate sesame seeds on this day. Keep a fast and worship Lord Vishnu.
- On the day of Shattila Ekadashi, wake up early in the morning and take til bath (apply til oil on the body and then take a bath) and wear/new clean clothes.
- Now, purify the temple and the place of worship with Ganges water.
Install the idol or photo of Lord Vishnu
- Now, take the resolution of Ekadashi fast
- Offer Akshat, Tilak, Dhoop and Pushpa on the idol of Lakshmi Narayan
- Recite Lord Vishnu any mantra.
- After this, perform the aarti of Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi
- Offer them sesame seeds after the aarti.
- Also, visit any nearby temple and worship Lord Vishnu.
- At the temple, participate in Lord Vishnu aarti and offer things that are made of sesame seeds like Til Laddu to Lord Vishnu.
- Also, worship Vishnu ji at night
- On the second day of the fast, take a bath and wear clean clothes and offer food to Lord Vishnu.
- If possible, after offering food to the pundits, celebrate Ekadashi by breaking the fast by eating food.
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Shattila Ekadashi Mantra
The mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ should be chanted 108 times if possible using a Tulsi Mala.
Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha
According to legends, once Narad Muni reached Vaikunth, the abode of Lord Vishnu. There he asked Lord Vishnu to describe the significance of Shattila Ekadashi Vrat. On request of Narad ji, Lord Vishnu told that in ancient times, a Brahmin’s wife lived on Bhoolok (Planet Earth). She was a widow and her husband had died. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and used to worship him with great devotion. Once she worshipped the god by fasting for a whole month. Her body became pure due to the effect of fasting, but she never donated any food to Brahmins and gods, so Lord Vishnu thought that this woman would remain unsatisfied when living in heaven, so he went to her one day to beg.
When Lord Vishnu begged her for alms, she picked up a lump of soil and placed it in Lord’s hands. Lord returned to Vaikuntha with that lump of soil. After some time she died and left her body and came into Lord Vishnu’s world – Vaikuntha. Here, she was given a cottage and a mango tree. Seeing the empty cottage, she got scared and visited Lord Vishnu and said, ‘I am a pious person and your ardent devotee, then why did I get an empty cottage? Lord Vishnu told her that this happened because she did not donate any food and gave him a lump of clay when he came for alms. In order to overcome this, he informed her that when Devkanya (goddess) come to visit her, she should not open the door until and unless they explain to her the rules of fasting on Shattila Ekadashi.
That woman followed the instructions and fasted on Shattila Ekadashi according to the methods given by Devkanya. Due to the effect of fasting, her hut was filled with food and wealth. Hence, Lord Vishnu told why O Narad, “accept this as truth that, the person who fasts on this Ekadashi and donates sesame and food, gets freedom and glory.
Benefits of Observing Shattila Ekadashi
- On Ekadashi, worshipping peepal tree helps to lead a happy and peaceful married life.
- Worshipping peepal and planting a new tree and taking care of it will help to protect your spouse from untimely death.
- For victory in court cases, feed yellow colour bananas to a cow.
- To overcome financial struggles, chant ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ (ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) sitting under a Peepal tree. It should be chanted 108 times.
- For success in business, donate yellow-coloured clothes and books to needy or poor children.
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