Amalaki Ekadashi or Amalaka Ekadashi as it is called is a sacred Hindu day that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ (11th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the lunar month of Phalgun. It falls between the months of February-March in the Gregorian calendar. As Amalaki Ekadashi is observed in the month of ‘Phalgun’ it is also referred as ‘Phalgun Shukla Ekadashi’. On the Amalaki Ekadashi day, devotees worship the amla or amalaka tree (Phyllanthus emblica), also called as Indian Gooseberry. It is believed that on the auspicious day of ekadashi, Lord Vishnu resides in this tree. The day of Amalaki Ekadashi marks the onset of main celebrations of Holi, a unique Hindu festival of colors.
The observance of Amalaki Ekadashi is widespread all across the country. In the northern region the celebrations are more renowned. In the town of Mewar, in Rajasthan, a small fair is organized at the Gangu Kund Mahasatiya. On this occasion, the potters from Gogunda region come to the fair with earthen vessels. During this season then all the vessels for storing water are replaced with the new pots. In the state of Orissa, this ekadashi is observed as ‘Sarbasammat Ekadashi’ and grand celebrations are held in Lord Jagganath and Lord Vishnu temples. As this ekadashi is believed to wash away all sins of the individual performing this ekadashi, it is also celebrated as ‘Papanasini Ekadashi’ in some regions.
Amalaki Ekadashi 2018 was on February 26 Monday
Rituals of Amalaki Ekadashi:
- On the day of Amalaki Ekadashi, the devotees wake up at sunrise and get over with their morning rituals. They then worship Lord Vishnu and the sacred amla tree. A ‘sankalp’ is taken with sesame seeds and coins with the motive to attain moksha after death. After worshipping Lord Vishnu, the devotees pray to the Amalaka tree. They offer water, sandalwood, roli, chawal, flowers and incense sticks to the sacred tree. Following this the devotees offer food to a Brahmin, underneath the Amalaki tree. If the amla tree is unavailable, then the sacred Tulsi tree can be worshipped.
- On this day, the devotees observe a strict fast all day long and only food made from amla can be eaten. Some devotees also observe partial fast by simply avoiding food made from grains and rice. The observer of this vrat should also listen to the Amalaki Ekadashi vrat katha after finishing the puja rituals.
- The devotees stay awake all night on the day of Amalaki Ekadashi and chant the bhajans and rhymes in the name of Lord Vishnu.
Important Timings On Amalaki Ekadashi
|Sunrise||26-Feb-2018 06:55 AM|
|Sunset||26-Feb-2018 18:24 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||27-Feb-2018 14:39 PM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||25-Feb-2018 20:09 PM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||26-Feb-2018 17:29 PM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||26-Feb-2018 22:46 PM|
|Parana Time||06:54 AM - 09:12 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Significance of Amalaki Ekadashi:
Amalaki Ekadashi is a sacred fasting day for Hindus. It is believed that by observing this Ekadashi, the person reaches to the abode of lord Vishnu, ‘Vaikunth’. The rituals and significance of Amalaki ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Brahmanda Purana’ and was also narrated by Saint ‘Valmiki’. There are innumerable stories and folk tales in the Hindu Puranas that speak of the greatness of the Amalaki Ekadashi fast. This day is known to be very auspicious and is marked with special ritual and prayers. Even the day after Amalaki Ekadashi, recognized as ‘Govinda Dwadashi’ is believed to be highly fortunate.
The day of Amalaki Ekadashi is considered more significant owing to its relation to other Hindu festivals. This ekadashi falls between Maha Shivratri and Holi. The worshipping of amla tree on this day is a symbolic representation of the elaborate Hinduism practice. During this occasion, Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped as She is known to be an omnipresent deity. It is also a widespread belief that Lord Krishna with His consort, Goddess Radha also resides near the tree. Devotees worship amla tree to gain good health and wealth.
Amalaki Ekadashi festival dates between 2015 & 2025
|2015||Sunday, 1st of March|
|2016||Saturday, 19th of March|
|2017||Wednesday, 8th of March|
|2018||Monday, 26th of February|
|2019||Sunday, 17th of March|
|2020||Friday, 6th of March|
|2021||Thursday, 25th of March|
|2022||Monday, 14th of March|
|2023||Friday, 3rd of March|
|2024||Wednesday, 20th of March|
|2025||Monday, 10th of March|