Ekadashi is a very auspicious day that holds great importance in Hinduism. There are two Ekadashi tithis in a month. The Ekadashi (11th) day of Shukla Paksha of the Phalgun month before Holi is called Amalaki Ekadashi. The Amla tree (Gooseberry tree) is worshiped on this day. It is believed that when Lord Vishnu wished to create the universe, he also created the Gooseberry tree along with Lord Brahma. That’s why Amalaki Ekadashi has been given great importance in the scriptures. The fruit of Amla is also called the nectar fruit. Let’s get to know the story and benefits behind the fasting and the fasting method of Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 through this DevDarshan blog-
Amalaki Ekadashi 2022: Date, Muhurat and Timings
In the year 2022, Amalaki Ekadashi will be celebrated on Monday, 14 March.
- Ekadashi tithi starts – March 13, 10:21 am
- Ekadashi tithi ends – March 14, 12:05 PM
- Parana tithi (breaking of fast) of Ekadashi: March 15, between 7 am to 9.10 am
Significance of Worshipping the Amla tree on Amalaki Ekadashi 2022
Worshipping a tree is an important part of Hindu tradition in which the common belief is that omnipresent deity or the universal spirit lives in everything. Trees are considered as a pivotal part of agrarian communities in India. The worship of the amla tree is conducted due to the belief that Lord Vishnu resides in and near the tree, especially on Amalaki Ekadashi. In some regions of India, it is also believed that Lord Vishnu’s wife, Maa Lakshmi, the lord of wealth dwells in the tree. According to another legend, when Lord Vishnu appeared in front of Lord Brahma, tears started rolling from Lord Brahma’s eyes and those tears got converted into gooseberry trees. Another reason for the worship of the Amla tree is its supposed medicinal qualities used in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations, primarily due to its rich content of vitamin C.
Amalaki Ekadashi fasting and worship method
As per Hindu tradition, Ekadashi fasting is considered to be one of the best and most beneficial methods to seek the blessings of the Lord. Before observing Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 fast, let’s know the special ingredients needed for the worship.
Ingredients for Amalaki Ekadashi Puja –
Kumkum, Akshat, Banana, Mango leaves, Fruits, Areca nut, Yellow clothes, Rose water, Gooseberry plant, Gooseberry fruit, Molly, Coconut etc. are needed.
Method of Worship on Amalaki Ekadashi
- On the day of Amalaki Ekadashi, the devotees should wake up before sunrise and chant the mantras of Lord Vishnu while bathing in pure water.
- Before starting the fast, the devotees should take a vow to complete Amalaki Ekadashi fast with full devotion by taking water in their hands in front of the idol or picture of Lord Vishnu.
- After the resolution of the fast, the idol of Lord Vishnu should be bathed. A lamp should also be lit in front of it. Then some fruits should be offered to the Lord.
- Worshipping the gooseberry tree or planting one is a must on this day. Tying a piece of yellow cloth to the tree and lighting a lamp near it is considered very auspicious. The devotees should also donate amla and offer food to the poor and needy on this day.
- The devotees should read the Amalaki Ekadashi vrat Katha on this day. Then on the next day, at the time of Parana, one should also consume gooseberries.
Benefits of Amalaki Ekadashi fasting
Ekadashi is believed to be one of the favorite days of Lord Vishnu. By observing fast on this day and worshiping Lord Vishnu, all the difficulties and obstacles in life are removed. Fasting on Amalaki Ekadashi brings good health and salvation. Goddess Lakshmi is pleased by the devotees who observe the fast of Amalaki Ekadashi. By observing the Ekadashi fast, the souls of the ancestors also get peace. It is also said that a devotee observing this fast on Amalaki Ekadashi 2022, gets all his past sins erased.
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