Amalaki / Kunj Ekadashi vrat 2019.
Amalaki /Kunj Ekadashi falls in the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun maas. It is on the 17th March Sunday 2019, on this day devotees worship the Amla / Gooseberry tree. It is believed that on the auspicious day of ekadashi, Lord Vishnu resides in this tree. The day of Amalaki Ekadashi marks the onset of main celebrations of Holi, festival of colours. Shri Thakurji is offered AMLA / GOOSEBERRY in bhog samagri.
Kunj ekadashi is believed to wash away all sins of the individual performing this ekadashi vrat, it is also celebrated as ‘Papanasini Ekadashi’ in some regions.
Rituals of Amalaki Ekadashi:
- On Amalaki Ekadashi day devotees wake up before sunrise, they worship Lord Vishnu and the sacred Amla tree. A ‘sankalp’ is taken with sesame seeds and coins with the motive to attain moksha after death. After worshipping Lord Vishnu, the devotees pray to the Amla tree. They offer water, sandalwood, roli, chawal, flowers and incense sticks to the sacred tree. Following this the devotees offer food to a Brahmin, underneath the Amla tree. If the amla tree is unavailable, then the sacred Tulsi can be worshipped, as its a Sunday even Tulsi also cannot be worshipped , kindly do the poojan of Gooseberries / Amla .
- On this day, the devotees observe a strict fast all day long and only food made from amla can be eaten. Some devotees also observe partial fast by simply avoiding food made from grains and rice. The observer of this vrat should also listen to the Amalaki Ekadashi vrat katha after finishing the puja rituals.
- The devotees stay awake all night on the day of Amalaki Ekadashi and chant the bhajans and rhymes in the name of Lord Vishnu.
Significance of Amalaki Ekadashi:
By observing Kunj Ekadashi vrat, person reaches to the abode of lord Vishnu, ‘Vaikunth’. The rituals and significance of Amalaki ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Brahmanda Purana’ and was also narrated by Saint ‘Valmiki’. This day is known to be very auspicious and is marked with special ritual and prayers. Even the day after Amalaki Ekadashi, recognized as ‘Govinda Dwadashi’ is believed to be highly fortunate.
The day of Amalaki Ekadashi is considered more significant, Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped as She is known to be an omnipresent deity. It is also a widespread belief that Lord Krishna with His consort, Goddess Radha also resides near the tree. Devotees worship amla tree to gain good health and wealth.