One of the most prominent parts of Lord Vishnu’s worship is “Ekadashi Vrat” and Amalaki Ekadashi is one of them. The festival is also known as Amalaka Ekadashi and the festival is associated with worshiping of “Amla Tree”.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu resides in the Amala tree and to get the grace of Lord Vishnu people to worship this tree on the 11th day of the waxing moon.
Ekadashi has always been a prominent festival for Hindu in which people show their love and faith for Lord Vishnu and people often do fasting these days.
Every year the date and day to celebrate Amalaki Ekadashi is changed as in Hindu mythology dates and days of festivals are affected on changing locations of stars and moon. In the decade year of 2020, Amalaki Ekadashi will be celebrated on the 6th of March, Friday.
This festival is celebrated just before Holi and is said to be starting festival of this month as there are several festivals in the month of march but Holi being the prominent one and Ekadashi is the starting of it.
Worshiping some main trees are considered good faith and path to get grace and Amala tree being one of them. According to the historical facts, it is said the Lord Vishnu resides near this tree because his wife Goddess of wealth Laxmi lives in it.
Also, people say that in ancient times Lord Krishna and Radha used to spend their lovable time near this tree and hence this tree has many traditional facts for worship. ( Holi Special )
Celebrating Amalaki Ekadashi
In different parts of the nation this festival is celebrated in different ways.
Listening to Katha and keeping fast on this day is one of the most common ways to celebrate the day. People also revolve around the tree of Amala on this day and tie a red holy thread around it.
At the starting of the day, people have a ritual bath and prepare themselves for worship after the worship people also offer gifts and food to Brahmin Priest.
As this festival is considered as the beginning of the Holi and hence in some parts of the nation people also play colors with each other. The day is ended with a variety of home-cooked edible enjoyed with family.
Everyone usually wakes up early on this day and wears new clothes for “Amalaki Ekadashi Puja”. Generally, ladies and women are considered the primary person for this worship but Men also take part in it.
India is a diverse nation that has many festivals and Amalaki Ekadashi being one of them.