New Delhi: The auspicious occasion of Amalaki or Amalaka Ekadashi is celebrated in the Phalgun month which falls in February-March. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. The Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ekadashi is known as Amlaki Ekadashi.
It is believed that Lord Vishnu resides in the Amla tree (gooseberry), therefore, on Amalaki Ekadashi, the Amla tree is worshipped. Devotees seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi.
The day falls between Maha Shivratri and Holi festivals. This year, it is celebrated on March 25. It also marks the beginning of Holi.
Amalaki Ekadashi on Thursday, March 25, 2021
On 26th Mar, Parana Time – 06:18 to 08:21
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment – 08:21
Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 10:23 on Mar 24, 2021
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 09:47 on Mar 25, 2021
(as per drikpanchang.com)
– Devotees observing fast on this day, wake up early and take bath. After that, the holy tree is watered and puja performed. Brahmins are offered presents and gifts, as they seek blessings and pray for prosperity.
– Vrat Katha of Amalaka or Amalaki Ekadashi is recited and devotees listen to it.
– People do charity and help the needy. Offerings made on this day are equated to Vajapeya or Somayajna sacrifice.
– Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are prayed to and their blessings are sought for good health, wealth and prosperity.
Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat!