Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 : A Day to Connect with Nature

Amalaki Ekadashi 2016

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  • Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 is on March 19 (Saturday).
  • Amalaki Ekadashi 11th day of waxing moon, which comes between February and March each year. Also referred to as Amalaka Ekadashi, ardent worshippers hold this day in high esteem.
  • Indian gooseberries are worshipped on this day in an exclusive manner.
  • Locally, a gooseberry tree bearing Latin name as Phyllanthus Emblica is referred to as amla tree or amalaka tree in India.
  • The best reason for devotees to observe this day is that Lord Vishnu is highly believed to reside in the tree.
  • Devotees seek the divine blessings of the deity on this specific day.

Importance of Amalaki Ekadashi 2016

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  • As per the Hindu calendar, the day attains more significance because of its relation to other festivals.
  • Perhaps, the most popular festivals such as Holi too are known to consider Amalaki Ekadashi as the beginning of grand celebrations.
  • Worshipping a tree by referring it to God is one of the symbolic representations of Hinduism from a broader perspective.
  • Devotees are known to offer their sincere prayers to the God when needed the most.
  • With the widespread belief that the Universal Spirit resides in the amla tree, more worshippers are known to offer their prayers to the God by each passing year.
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  • Goddess Lakshmi is considered to be the omnipresent deity during certain instances because of which people offer their sacred prayers to the Goddess of Wealth.
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  • Also, it is highly speculated that Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, along with his beloved Radha is known to reside near the tree.
  • People have totally different motives in mind whenever they are praying to the amla tree.
  • For instance, the most significant health benefits from a medicinal perspective, the amla tree is known to offer prosperity and health to all those who pray to it.
  • Amla tree is largely used for the manufacture of modern medicines that are included with Vitamin C.

Legend Associated with Amalaki Ekadashi

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  • According to one of the mythological inscriptions, King Chitrasena along with his followers too had observed this fast .
  • During one of his hunting experiences, the mighty king got captured by a group of asuras (demons) who never relented to release him.
  • However, they were successfully destroyed after a divine power emerged right from the body of King Chitrasena to which everyone remained aghast and speechless.
  • After getting back to his conscious self, the king learned from Akashvani that it was because of the Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat that he got protected.

Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 Fast Muhurat

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On 20th, Parana Time = 06:27 to 08:51
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment = 11:32

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