Shattila Ekadashi is also known as Tilda Ekadashi and usually takes place in the month of January/February. As per the Hindu calendar, this fast happens every year in the Magh month which is also referred to as the waning phase of the moon. On this day til or sesame seed is used in six interesting ways which include usage in utban, during your bath, in havans, tarpan, meals and also in donations. This is the reason for the fast being called shatila or shattila Ekadashi.
In 2013, the Shattila Ekadashi will be observed on the 6th of February.
Importance of Shattila Ekadashi
This fast is said to remove all the sins of a person when observed properly. The importance of this fast was found in the Bhavisyotara Purana which was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. The fast is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of the moon according to the Hindu belief. It is also considered to be very auspicious to shower with water that has til. People also believe that they can secure they place in heaven if they observe this fast properly with complete devotion. Thus during this fast one is said to devote himself completely to god and get immune to anger, gossip, ego and other sinful activities.
Observing the fast of Shattila Ekadashi
Ekadashi related to something that people in North India believe strongly in. there are many eatables one cannot have during this fast such as rice and grains. Consumption of sesame seeds is highly encouraged. Ekadashi is considered to be a very auspicious vrat by all devotes of Lord Vishnu. While the traditional way to observe this fast is by not eating the entire day however a full day fast is not acceptable and doable by many these days. Onion and garlic is also avoided however people can eat sabudana with potatoes and ground nut. Other fruits which can be eaten include fruits, milk products, vegetables and nuts.
As per the Hindu belief, Upvaas is said to bring one closer to Bhraman. Therefore the entire day is dedicated to religious beliefs and purity. All the sins are meant to fade away and ultimately disappear by observing this fast appropriately. The Ekadashi puja and prayer comprises of fruits, Tulsi leaves, yellow bananas, other puja items and an idol or picture of Lord Vishnu. Some of the devotees do not sleep during the day of the fast as well however this is very subjective.
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