Shattila Ekadashi 2016, Sat Tila Ekadasi
Shattila Ekadashi Meaning
Sat means six and tilla means sesame seeds or til seeds. Using Sesame seeds in the following six different ways on this day is considered highly auspicious and helps one in spiritual purification:
-Bathe in the water mixed with sesame seeds.
-Rub paste of sesame seeds on your body
-Offer into the fire these sesame seeds when performing Yagna
-Eat food that includes sesame seeds
-Offer tarpans to your ancestors with water mixed with Sesame seeds
-Donate the sesame seeds in charity or the poor, you can simply give the seeds - white/brown or can offer a til ladoo to the poor.
Importance/Significance of Shattila Ekadashi
tilasnAyI tilOdvarti tilahOmI tilOdaki |
tiladAta ca bhOktAca shattilAh pApanAshanAh ||
This Ekadashi day is given the name as Sat-Tila or Shattila ekadashi as it is considered that if one donates Til (Sesame) seeds on this ekadashi day, it will help in removing the sins he/she has committed. This Shattila Ekadashi helps in controlling one's senses, get rid of negativity like anger, ego, negative thoughts, any gossips and help in attaining salvation or moksha. The importance or significance of this ekadashi also holds true when one takes bath in water that has been mixed with til (sesame seeds) and also offer water mixed with sesame seeds to dead ancestors on this day of Shattila Ekadashi. These seasame seeds must be given in charity or feed the hungry with food made with til. Sat-tila Ekadasi occurs in winter season or Magh month in North Indian states and Paush in other regions. The food made with til or Sesame seeds is highly beneficial to the body when eaten. Rice or any food that has rice grains as ingredients must be avoided. Some people eat some sesame seeds on this day.
The next ekadashi fasting occurs on February 18, 2016 that will be called as Jaya Ekadasi or Bhishma Ekadashi or Bhoumi Ekadasi.
Shattila Ekadashi 2016 Date & Time
Ekadashi Tithi starts at 01:06 on 4th Feburary 2016 and ends at 01:30 on 5th Feburary 2016. On 5th Feburary, 2016, the Parana time (time of breaking ekadashi fast on dwadashi tithi) is from 07:24 to 09:20 AM. Shattila Ekadashi 2017 Date & Time will be updated soon.
Mantra for Aradhya to Lord VishnuThe following is the mantra to be chanted while offering Aradhya to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi:
कृष्ण कृष्ण कृपालुस्त्वमगतीनां गतिर्भव ।
संसारार्णवमग्नानां प्रसीद पुरुषोत्तम ॥
नमस्ते पुण्डरीकाक्ष नमस्ते विश्वभावन ।
सुब्रह्मण्य नमस्तेSस्तु महापुरुष पूर्वज ॥
गृहाणार्ध्यं मया दत्तं लक्ष्म्या सह जगत्पते ।