Amalaki Ekadashi: Date and Puja Vidhi
Ekadashi is considered very important in Hinduism and most devotees observe a fast on this day. Every Ekadashi fast holds special significance. In this context, Amalaki Ekadashi is also regarded as important among the devotees and is celebrated on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha of the Phalguna month. On this day, devotees observe fast to appease Lord Vishnu. They worship Lord Vishnu, eat Aamla (gooseberry), and donate the same.
Date of Amalaki Ekadashi: 14 March, 2022 (Phalguna, Shukla Paksha, Ekadashi)
Importance of Amalaki Ekadashi
The Ekadashi that falls on the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna month is celebrated as Amalaki Ekadashi. Amalaki means Aamla, which is considered important according to scriptures and Ayurveda. As per the beliefs, when Lord Vishnu incarnated Lord Brahma during the creation of the universe, the Aamla tree also originated in the same moment. It is said that God resides in every part of the Aamla tree, and that is why it is also known as Adi Tree.
According to Padma Purana, a native attains the virtue equal to hundreds of Pilgrimages and the fruits of all the sacrifices (Yagya) by observing a fast on Amalaki Ekadashi. Such a devotee also attains salvation. On this day, people worship the Aamla tree and observe a fast.
In India, Amalaki Ekadashi is known by various other names like Aamla Ekadashi, Amalaka Ekadashi, Rangbhari Ekadashi, etc. It is called Rangbahri Ekadashi because, according to the mythological beliefs, Lord Shiva brought Goddess Parvati to Kashi after her Dwiragaman. The natives of Kashi celebrate this day with great enthusiasm as the welcome day of Goddess Parvati. People adorn Baba Vishvanath, and this day marks the beginning of the 6 days long Holi celebration in Kashi.
Amalaki Ekadashi Puja Vidhi
Aamla or gooseberry has special significance on Amalaki Ekadashi. Therefore, it is considered auspicious to use Aamla in every task, from performing Puja to cooking food, on this day. Let us find out the Puja Vidhi for Amalaki Ekadashi.
• Wake up early in the morning and take a vow of fasting while meditating on Lord Vishnu.
• Then take a holy bath.
• After taking a bath, worship Lord Vishnu, light a Ghee lamp, and recite Vishnu Sahatranama.
• After that, place an urn containing Navaratna under the Aamla tree. If the Aamla tree is not available around you, then you can offer Prasad in the form of Aamla to Lord Vishnu.
• If you find an Aamla tree, worship it using incense, lamp, sandalwood, Roli, flower, Akshat, etc., and then feed the poor, needy, or Brahmin under the same tree.
• On the next day of the fast, i.e. the Dwadashi, take a bath and worship Lord Vishnu. After that, donate Kalash, clothes, Aamla, etc., to the needy and Brahmin. You can break your fast after this.