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Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 Date

Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 Date

Amalaki Ekadashi is observed on the ekadashi tithi or the 11th day in the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna month every year. The Vrat spans from the evening of the Dashami Tithi (tenth day) and extends to Dwadashi Tithi (twelfth day) morning. Devotees of Lord Vishnu offer prayers to the Amalaka or Amla tree or the Indian Gooseberry tree on the day of and hence the name Amalaki Ekadashi which usually falls between Maha Shivaratri and Holi. It is believed that the divine powers of the universe comes up in the Amla tree on this day. And by worshipping Amla tree on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi tithi of the Phalguna month, one gets blessed by Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that Devi Lakshmi (Lord Vishnu's consort and the Goddess of wealth) also resides in the Amla tree on this day. Devotees offer their prayers to the Amalaka tree to seek Lord Krishna and Radha's blessings at some places.

Here, you can know about the Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 Vrat date, timings and other details.

Amalaki Ekadashi 2022: Date and Timings for Vrat and Parana

Amalaki Ekadashi 2022 Date - Monday, March 14, 2022

On 15th Mar, Parana Time - 06:31 AM to 08:55 AM (New Delhi Time)
Dwadashi End Moment On Parana Day - 01:12 PM

Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 10:21 AM on Mar 13, 2022(New Delhi Time)
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 12:05 PM on Mar 14, 2022(New Delhi Time)

Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi & Rituals 2022

Devotees wake up early morning and after taking bath, perform the various morning rituals on this day. Prayers are offered to Sri Vishnu and the sacred tree of Amalaki by offering incense stick, flowers, rice, roli, sandalwood and water to the tree. Devotees observing Ekadashi fast worship Lord Vishnu and offer him Gangajal, basil, flowers, and Panchamrit. 

Then Amalaki Ekadashi vrat katha is read or listend to. Every Ekadashi has a different Vrat katha specific to that month. In order to please Sri Hari Vishnu, staunch devotees perform bhajan and songs by staying awake all through the night. A day-long fast is kept by the devotees and the fast is completed after Amalaki Ekadashi Parana on the next day of Ekadashi tithi.

Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat 2022: Importance and Significance

A total of twenty-four Ekadashi Tithis are observed every year, which increases to twenty-six during a leap month (Adhik Maas) that takes place once in about 32 months as per the Vedic calendar. Every Ekadashi Tithi has a specific name and significance.

The Amalaki Ekadashi is observed to seek blessings and salvation from Lord Vishnu. Amla tree is very dear to Sri Hari Vishnu and are believed to be the abode of Sri Hari and Goddess Laxmi. The gooseberry is also known for its therapeutic quality worldwide and are widely used in Ayurveda to cure diseases.

Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Katha 

As per one of the legends associated with Amalaki Ekadashi fast, the Amla tree emerged from Lord Brahma's tears. This is how the story goes. After emerging from Lord Vishnu's navel, Lord Brahma wondered who created him and wanted to know the purpose of his birth. He performed intense penance to know the answer. As he waited earnestly, Sri Vishnu appeared before him. And soon after seeing his creator, Lord Brahma had tears of joy in his eyes. Overwhelmed by Brahma's devotion, Lord Vishnu said that the tears would transform into Amla trees, and the fruits of these trees would be dear to him. He also said that those who would worship the Amla tree on the Phalguna Shukla Paksha Ekadashi Tithi would get blessed by him. Thus, devotees of Sri Vishnu worship the Amla tree on this day with the hope of attaining Moksha. It is also believed that the Gods and the Goddess reside in the different parts of the Amla tree on this day. Thus by offering prayers to the Amla tree, devotees seek Sri Vishnu and other deities' blessings.

Parana must be done within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. It is considered a wrongdoing for not doing Parana within Dwadashi tithi.

Ekadashi Parana must not be done during Hari Vasara. Wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is first one fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna. If due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one should do it after Madhyahna.

Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days sometimes. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Sri Hari Vishnu.

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