Shattila Ekadashi 2023: Why The Day Is So Important?
Shatila Ekadashi refers to the Ekadashi (eleventh day) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha. The day of Shatila Ekadashi is known to be an extremely auspicious day according to the Hindu calendar and on this day devotees from all over the world observe the Shatila Ekadashi Vrat (Fast) and worship Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in an attempt to impress him and obtain his blessings. The fast is also known as “Papaharni”, which loosely translates to something that destroys all sins. It is believed that keeping this fast, frees a person from all their sins and leads them to salvation.
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Shattilla Ekadashi Date, Timing and Muhurat in 2023
|Shatila Ekadashi 2023 Date||Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023|
|Ekadashi Starts On||17 Jan, 2023, 06:05 PM|
|Ekadashi Ends On||18 Jan 2023 04:03 PM|
|Dwadashi (Parana Tithi)||19 Jan, 06:32 AM to 08:43 AM|
Importance of Shattila Ekadashi Vrat
Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is fond of the month of Magha in the Hindu calendar. Hence, the day is extremely significant in the Hindu religion as it is believed that worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day with a benevolent soul and positive intentions shall have all his wishes granted by Lord Shri Hari Vishnu. It is believed that observing this fast is equal to the virtuous deeds of “Kanyadan”, i.e. donating gold and penance of a thousand years brings happiness and peace to the person’s family.
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Role of Sesame in Shattila Ekadashi
Sesame is known as Tila and therefore this day is known as Shat- Tila Ekadashi. The festival of Shattila Ekadashi is associated with Tila (sesame). Sesame seeds (Tila) is believed to be very sacred and are frequently used for havan and pooja in the Hindu religion. Tila (sesame seeds) can be used in six ways on Shat Tila Ekadashi 2023 to ensure a successful ritual.
- Take bath with sesame water (Tila water).
- Use “ubatan” (paste) of sesame seeds.
- Use sesame seeds in Pooja.
- Drink Sesame water.
- Donate sesame seeds.
- Make sweets and dishes of sesame seeds.
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Rituals of Ekadashi fasting
The rituals of Ekadashi fasting starts from the night of Dashmi (the tenth day of Magha month). It is believed that following these rituals with the utmost faith leads to prosperity and happiness in a person’s life. So let us take a look at the rituals that need to be followed on the day of Shattila Ekadashi.
- The devotee should not consume food after the sunset of Dashmi.
- According to Narad Puran, on this day, the devotee should wake up early in the morning, take a bath with water that contains sesame seeds after finishing their daily routine activities.
- After taking a bath, meditate in the name of Lord Vishnu and take a vow of fasting.
- Install a picture or an idol of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu in your temple.
- Sprinkle water with sesame seeds and Gangajal drops (holy water of river Ganga) on the idol and its surroundings and bathe the idol or picture with Panchamrit, which must include sesame seeds.
- After the Ghatasthapana, light a lamp of ghee along with some incense sticks and offer flowers and sweets to the Lord with sesame seeds.
- Enchant Vishnu Sahastranama and perform a pooja.
- Reciting a Vishnu Aarti in front of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu’s idol in the home’s temple is advised.
- Donating sesame seeds is known as one of the most important rituals on this auspicious day, as it is believed that you get to stay in heaven for as many days as the number of sesame seeds one has donated.
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So far, you must’ve understood the Shattila Ekadashi significance. It is one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and following the rituals of the day leads to happiness, prosperity and salvation in a person’s life.
We hope you celebrate the Shattila Ekadashi with the utmost faith and have your wishes come true with help of Lord Shri Hari Vishnu’s blessings.
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