Amalaki Ekadashi - Day of Lord Vishnu - 8th March (Wednesday), 2017
Amalaki Ekadashi (also known as Amalaka Ekadashi) is an auspicious day for Hindus and is celebrated on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the waxing moon in the lunar month of Phalgun (as per Gregorian calendar February - March). It is a festival revering the amalaka or amla tree also known as the Indian gooseberry. It is believed that the Hindu God Vishnu (a major god of Hinduism and Indian mythology), for whom Ekadashis are sacred, resides in this tree. The ritualistic worship of the amla tree on this day is done to receive the blessings of deity. Amalaki Ekadashi falls between Maha Shivaratri and Holi (the festival of colors) and it marks the beginning of the main celebrations of the festival of Holi.
Vishnu is preserver of the universe, the principle that sustains and preserves. It is Vishnu who "sustains the planets in their orbits" and rules the natural progression of the seasons and the ages. Among the forces of nature, it is equilibrium.
Vashistha Muni said in Brahmanda Puran Listen as I describe the best of all fast days, Amalaki Ekadashi. He who faithfully observes a fast on this Ekadashi obtains enormous wealth, gets free of the effects of all kinds of sins and attains liberation. Fasting on this Ekadashi is more purifying than donating one thousand cows in charity to a pure brahmana.
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Amalaki Ekadashi Parana
On 20th, Parana Time = 06:51 to 09:12
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment = 21:39
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 00:17 on 8/Mar/2017
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 22:49 on 8/Mar/2017
(Parana means breaking the fast and it should not be done during Hari Vasara)
Significance of Amalaki Ekadashi
Once in the month of Phalguna (February - March), the holy fast of Amalaki Ekadashi and Dwadashi coincides. Great benefits are bestowed on those who observe a fast on this day. Amalaki is offspring of Lord Brahma, who can destroy all kinds of sinful reactions. Amalaki is actually the form of Brahman and was once worshiped by Lord Ramachandra Himself. Whoever circumambulates her is therefore immediately freed of all his sins.
After taking a ritualistic bath, Amalaki tree is offered a pot filled with water and adorned with garland and aromatic incense is lit. Lord Parashurama is later worshipped with these prayers: 'Oh Lord Parashurama, Oh son of Renuka, Oh all-pleasing one, Oh liberator of the worlds, kindly come beneath this holy Amalaki tree and accept our humble obeisance.'
In case an Amalaki tree is not in the vicinity, a Tulsi plant can also be worshiped. Plant Tulsi seeds and offer lamps to it.
The venerable Vasishtha Muni said, "...anyone who observes this holy Amalaki Ekadashi will undoubtedly attain the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu, so great is the religious merit earned from the observance of this most sacred fast day."
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॥ ॐ नमोः नारायणाय ॥
“Om Namoh Narayanaya”
" OM! To the One Who is the shelter for all, I bow down "
॥ ॐ नमोः भगवते वासुदेवाय ॥
“Om Namoh Bhagawate Vasudevaya”
" O my sweet Lord, I offer obeisance to You "
॥ ॐ श्री विष्णवे च विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि। तन्नो विष्णुः प्रचोदयात् ॥
“Om Shri Vishnave Cha Vidmahe Vasudevaya DhimahiTanno Vishnuh Prachodayat”
" I meditate on Lord Vishnu and humbly ask Him for higher intellect and illuminating my mind "
॥ शान्ताकारम् भुजगशयनम् पद्मनाभम् सुरेशम् विश्वाधारम् गगनसदृशम् मेघवर्णम् शुभाङ्गम्। लक्ष्मीकान्तम् कमलनयनम् योगिभिर्ध्यानगम्यम् वन्दे विष्णुम् भवभयहरम् सर्वलोकैकनाथम् ॥
“Shantakaram Bhujagashayanam Padmanabham Suresham Vishvadharam Gaganasadrisham Meghavarnam Shubhangam। Lakshmikantam Kamalanayanam Yogibhirdhyanagamyam Vande Vishnum Bhavabhayaharam Sarvalokaikanatham”
" All the salutations to Lord Vishnu, the One who shelters every living being and protects the universes; the One who is calm and reclines on the serpent bed; the One from whose navel springs the lotus of the Creative Power (Lord Brahma); the One who is supreme and sustains the entire cosmos; the One who is all-pervading and as attractive as the new dark cloud; the One who is the beloved Lord of Goddess of Fortune (Lakshmi); the One upon whose lotus-eyes, the Yogis meditate; the One who renders the fear of material existence useless; the One who is the Lord of all worlds "
॥ मङ्गलम् भगवान विष्णुः, मङ्गलम् गरुणध्वजः। मङ्गलम् पुण्डरी काक्षः, मङ्गलाय तनो हरिः ॥
“Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnuh, Mangalam Garunadhwajah। Mangalam Pundari Kakshah, Mangalaya Tano Harih”
" All auspiciousness to Lord Vishnu! All auspiciousness to the One whose eternal servitor Garuda acts as His flag! All auspiciousness to the One who is lotus-eyed like! All auspicious unto Lord Hari ! "
॥ ॐ नमोः नारायणाय. ॐ नमोः भगवते वासुदेवाय ॥
“Namoh narayanayaya. Namoh bhagavate vasudevaya”
" I bow down to Lord Narayana who is the shelter of all. I bow down to the One who pervades everything and everywhere "
॥ ॐ भूरिदा भूरि देहिनो, मा दभ्रं भूर्या भर। भूरि घेदिन्द्र दित्ससि | ॐ भूरिदा त्यसि श्रुत: पुरूत्रा शूर वृत्रहन्। आ नो भजस्व राधसि ॥
“Bhurida bhuri dehino, ma dabhram bhurya bhar. Bhuri ghedindra ditsasi.Bhurida tyasi shruta: Purutra sura vrtrahan. Aa no bhajasva radhasi”
" O beloved consort of Goddess of Fortune (Lakshmi), You are compassionate, charitable towards the bewildered souls. Those who turn to You certainly gain everything achievable in life. O my sweet Lord, please release me from all miseries and let me be surrendered unto Your lotus feet "
॥ ऊँ नारायणाय विद्महे। वासुदेवाय धीमहि। तन्नो विष्णु प्रचोदयात् ॥
“Om narayanaya vidmahe Vasudevaya dhemahi Tanno vishnu prachodayat”
" I meditate on Lord Narayana! I ask Him only for higher intellect, and illuminated my mind "