Shat Tila Ekadashi vrat 2020
Shat Tila Ekadashi is observed in the Krushna Paksha of ‘Maagh’ maas , which is on the 20th January Monday . Shat Tila Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu,by observing fast devotees can end all their miseries and misfortunes.
Offerings of Desiccated Coconut or Kopra is made to Shri Thakurji .
‘Sattila Ekadashi’ is called so as per its name -‘shat’ implying ‘six’ and ‘til’ meaning ‘sesame seeds’. On this day til are used in six different ways. Use of ‘til’ is considered to be very auspicious on this day as it provides both, religious merits and spiritual purification. Donating sesame seeds to the poor and hungry is of great merit. On Shat Tila Ekadashi there is also a custom of offering sesame seeds and water to the forefathers or ancestors.
Rituals during Shat Tila Ekadashi:
- On the day of Shat Tila Ekadashi there is great significance of taking a bath with water that is mixed with sesame seeds. Devotees also consume ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi. On this day, devotees must only have spiritual thoughts and do not let greed, lust and anger take over their thoughts.
- Devotees keep a religious fast on Shat Tila Ekadashi and refrain from eating or drinking all day long. If however, you are unable to keep complete fast, partial fasting is also allowed. This is so because affection to Lord is more significant than strict fasting rules. However there are specific foods that all must avoid on the day of ekadashi like grains, rice and pulses.
Significance of Shat Tila Ekadashi:
The greatness of Shat Tila Ekadashi is explained in the ‘Bhavishyottara Purana’ as a conversation between Pulastya Muni and Sage Dalbhya. It is believed that a person observing Shat Tila Ekadashi will be bestowed with infinite wealth and good health and they will attain salvation, get freedom from the continuous cycle of rebirth. By donating sesame seeds or ‘til’ on Shat Tila Ekadashi, devotees will be liberated from all their sins done knowingly or unknowingly in their present or past life. Further more by offering sesame seeds mixed with water one can even provide solace to the dead ancestors.