Ekadashi is the favourite day of Lord Krishna(Incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and Lord Chandra(Moon). On this day, devotees observe fast to appease Lord Krishna and seek his pious blessings. Ekadashi is the 11th lunar day of two lunar phases in Vedic calendar Months. The two lunar phases of the month are Shukla Paksha(Waxing Moon Phase) and Krishna Paksha(Waning Moon Phase). On this day, devotees observe fast and elegantly celebrate Lord Krishna. There are 244 Ekadashi in a calendar year, two in each month.
Significance of Amalaki Ekadashi :-
This Amalaki Ekadashi festival is celebrated on the 11th day of Shukla paksha(Waxing Moon phase) during February-March in the spring season. This day is primarily known for commemorating the Amla or Amalaki tree(Phyllanthus Emblica). This Amla fruit is also known as Indian gooseberry.
This day is sacred for Lord Vishnu, and it is believed that he resides in the Amla tree on this day. Therefore, the Amla tree has been ritually worshipped to please lord Vishnu(lord Narayan). This day also marks the arrival of the holy festival within 3-4 days. Tree worship is an integral part of Hinduism, and it is pretty significant. In Hinduism, we believe in omnipresent deity lives everywhere in everything.
The veneration of the Amla tree is due to the popular belief that the deity Lord Vishnu lives near this tree, particularly on Amalaki Ekadashi. Moreover, according to some belief and traditions, his wife Lakshmi, the Creator of wealth, dwell with him near the tree on this specific day. Furthermore, it is believed that Vishnu’s avatar Krishna and his consort Radha reside near the tree on this very day. Another reason we worship the Amla tree is because of its medical qualities used in Ayurvedic medicinal preparations, primarily due to its rich content of vitamin C in Amla fruits.
On 14th March 2022, Moon will be in waxing condition transiting in its own favourite sign, Cancer, in the Pushya constellation. The Moon also receives the aspect from Mars and Venus on this day. Hence,this is the ideal day for seek forgiveness to any harm done to trees and plants. This is also a good day to show the gratitude to the nature for blessing us with the food and ourishmnet.
Thus, the auspiciousness and promise of this day will be enhanced. This day will be blissful to gain happiness, prosperity, and the grant of materialistic wishes. However, planet Saturn, lord of the Pushya constellation, may reduce some auspiciousness and bring some obstacles in seeking the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, the aspect of Saturn on the Moon may reduce some positivity of the day, but since this day festival falling on Monday will be enough to bless devotees and grant their wishes.
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
Do’s and Don’ts on Amalaki Ekadashi :-
1) Keep fast till evening rituals on this very day.
2) Do not wear black clothes or leather clothes on this day.
3) Abstain from smoking and alcohol on this day.
4) Do not let anyone eat non-veg food in the family.
5) Have a ceremonial ritual bath in sacred water during the morning and then observe a fast full day.
6) Water the Amla tree or any tree and plants on this day.
7) Light the lamp of Ghee under the Amla tree and do Aarti in the name of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi.
8) Offer food and clothes to priests and to poor, needy people.
9) Chant Vishnu and Laxmi Mantra on this day.
10) Listen to Amalaka Vrat katha on this day.