On Friday, January 12, 2018, Shattila Ekadashi will be observed all over India. Shattila Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (the period when the moon wanes) during the ‘Magh’ month in the Hindu calendar which corresponds to the month of January in the Gregorian calendar. Shattila Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and devotees observe fast on this day. Shattila Ekadashi is celebrated as devotees believe that observing a fast on this day will end all their miseries and misfortunes. Here we have outlined the date, significance, muhurat, tithi, and rituals to be performed for Shattila Ekadashi. Shattila Ekadashi is also called as ‘Magh Krishna Ekadashi’, ‘Tilda Ekadashi’, or ‘Sattila Ekadashi’. The etymology of the name comes from two words, ‘shat’ meaning ‘six’ and ‘til’ meaning sesame seeds. Also Read - Devshayani Ekadashi 2020: Check Out The Date, Time And Significance of The Puja
In northern India, Shattila Ekadashi is celebrated during the ‘Magh’ month whereas in some states it is observed during ‘Paush’ month of the Hindu calendar. On Shattila Ekadashi til or sesame seeds are used in six different ways and using sesame seeds is considered auspicious because it is believed that it provides religious merits and spiritual purification. On this day devotees offer sesame seeds to poor and needy and also to their forefathers and ancestors. Praying to Lord Vishnu on Shattila Ekadashi washes away sins and evil deeds of a person. Also Read - Yogini Ekadashi 2020: All You Need to Know About The Date, Time of Puja And Importance of This Day
Shattila Ekadashi’s significance is explained in the Bhavishyottara Purana as a dialogue between Pulastya Muni and Sage Dalbhya. It is believed that anybody who observes Shattila Ekadashi vrat will be bestowed with infinite wealth and good health. As per beliefs praying and keeping a fast on this day will absolve one from past sins and attain salvation from the continuous cycle of rebirth. Also Read - Legend of Badrinath Temple: As Shrines Reopen Post COVID-19 Lockdown, Here's More History on The Famous Religious Place
On the day of Shattila Ekadashi devotees observe fast and take a bath with water mixed with sesame seeds and also consume sesame seeds or til. Devotees keep a fast on the day and refrain from drinking and eating anything throughout the day. Partial fasting is also allowed but grains, rice and pulses are to be abstained from. Lord Vishnu is prayed to on Shattila Ekadashi and his idol is bathed with sesame seeds infused Panchamrit. Many devout followers remain awake throughout the night and pray to Lord Vishnu.
Muhurat, Tithi and Timings
Date – January 12, 2018
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 19:10 on 11/Jan/2018
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 21:22 on 12/Jan/2018
Parana Time = January 13, 2018, 07:14 to 09:22
Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment = 23:52
Breaking the fast next day is called Parana and Ekadashi Parana is done after sunrise the next day. Parana should be done within Dwadashi Tithi and should be done during Hari Vasara. Hari Vasara should be over before breaking the fast.