Happy amalaki ekadashi 2016 images Story: Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 will be celebrated on the March 19. Amalaki Ekadashi comes on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the Phagun month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Due to this reason this fast is also called the Phagun Shukla Ekadashi. While we prepare to celebrate Amalaki Ekadashi 2016 we should go back in times to know about the story associated with the Amalaki Ekadashi. King Mandhata once asked Saint Vashishta about a fast that would free him from all his sins. Then the saint told him that he with his people should observe the Amalaki Ekadashi and narrated the story of the fast.
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The saint told him that this fast is known for freeing the devotees from their past sins and leading them toward the path of enlightenment and liberation. There was a Kingdom once, which was ruled by the King Chitrarath. All the people under his rule were very happy and lived in immense prosperity. The King along with his people observed all the Ekadashi. Understanding the significance of Amalaki Ekadashi the King and all the people of his kingdom observed the fast together. They observed the fast all day and remained awake all night by chanting the hymns of Lord Vishnu and went to the nearby temple to worship the Amla tree. While all the people were drowned in the devotion of Lord Vishnu, a hunter was watching all this from a distance. He was really surprised to see the events that he was witnessing. He could not understand any of it but still stood watching in awe. He stayed there all night and did the Jagran (all night vigil) unintentionally. The hunter went home after that and ate his meal.
He then died only to be reborn as a King’s son and was named Vasuratha. The King Vasuratha was very strong and handsome. He had the strength of Lord Vishnu and the forgiveness of the mother Earth. It is believed that Amalaki is the offspring of Lord Brahma and is capable to eliminate the reactions of the sins performed by us. Therefore, all the people who observe a fast on Amalaki Ekadashi can be freed from the vicious cycle of life and death. The glories Amali day is described in the Brahmanda Purana. On one occasion, the King went for hunting and strayed from the path. After a while he got tired and fell asleep under a tree. A few tribesmen saw the sleeping King and tried to kill him because of a past enmity. They tried every weapon to kill the sleeping King but none could do the job and the King remained safe. After this, a beautiful woman dressed in attractive clothes and ornaments came out of the sleeping King’s body. Amalaki Ekadasi marks the worship of Amalaki or the Amla tree. As per the myths Lord Vishnu resides in the Amla tree. If the Amla tree is not available then Tulsi tree can also be worshipped.Raging in anger, she killed all the tribesmen. Vasuratha woke up to see the horrible sight of all the slain men and wondered who had killed all his enemies. A voice from the Sky told him that only Lord Vishnu helps the people in need. Hearing this, the King was overwhelmed and went back to his state. So, the crux is that though the hunter did not know what he was doing yet he got the fruit of his actions. With this story we can understand the significance and power of Amalaki Ekadashi.