SHATTILA EKADASHI

Shattila Ekadashi, also known as Tilda or Sattila Ekadashi, occurs on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha’s Paush Month. This event takes place in either February or January, depending on the Gregorian calendar. On the Ekadashi Tithi, Lord Vishnu devotees fast for a day (the eleventh day of every Lunar fortnight).

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SHATTILA EKADASHI

The purpose of Shattila Ekadashi is to educate people about the heavenly blessings and advantages linked with charitable giving and food offerings to the impoverished and needy. As a result, the most important component of this observance is to feed the destitute and do Lord Vishnu’s puja, as doing so blesses devotees and bestows them with copious prosperity and happiness.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SESAME SEEDS ON SHATTILA EKADASHI?

  • The most significant component of Shattila Ekadashi is making use of (Til) sesame seeds. You can add a few sesame seeds to the bathing water. Make a sesame seed paste to apply to the body while washing. On this day, burn sesame seeds, donate them to the destitute, and eat sesame seeds. The devotee who is following the Shattila Ekadashi vrat must bathe in the morning, decorate the altar, place the portrait or idol of Krishna and Vishnu on the altar, and perform pujas while reciting the Vishnu Sahasranam of Krishna’s names. Offer the Lord tulsi water, coconut, flowers, incense, fruits, and Prasad throughout the day, and remember the Lord. Repeat the puja the following morning during Dwadashi, and break the fast after eating the Prasad. One of the most important components of the day is to make the most of sesame seeds (til) in a variety of ways.
  • Til can be used to make a paste that can be applied to the body before bathing.
  • Devotees are required to offer Til to the sacred fire. • They may also donate sesame seeds to the poor and needy.
  • On the day of Shattila Ekadashi, people can also eat til-based savoury dishes.

PUJA VIDHI

  • Devotees who follow the Shattila Ekadashi fast must rise early in the morning, bathe, clean the place of worship, beautify and embellish the altar, and then set the statue, idol, or portrait of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna on the altar.
  • Devotees must offer prayers and worship the deities by performing pujas and reciting the hymns of Lord Krishna and reading Vishnu Sahasranama.
  • Offer prasad (holy food), tulsi water, fruits, coconut, incense sticks, and flowers to the deities, and chant mantras and sing devotional songs continuously.
  • The same puja must be performed the next morning, on Dwadashi, and devotees can end their Shattila Ekadashi vrat once the sacred meal has been consumed.

FASTING RULES OF SHATTILA EKADASHI

  • The Shattila Ekadashi fast begins at daybreak on Ekadashi and ends on Dwadashi morning.
  • Only on the day of Dwadashi during Parana, after conducting Lord Vishnu’s puja ceremonies, can the fast be broken.
  • Devotees abstain from eating and drinking during the fast, but just a few people eat sesame seeds on this specific day.
  • Devotees can keep the fast in a milder form by eating fruits and drinking milk during the day.

DATE AND PANCHANG

Date: 28 January 2022

Tithi: Ekadashi upto 23:33

Nakshatra: Jyeshtha upto 29:00

Yoga: Dhruva upto 21:34

First Karana: Bava upto 12:56

Second Karana: Baalava upto 23:33

Day: Friday

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