The Spirit in Shattila Ekadashi, 31 January 2019

The Spirit in Shattila Ekadashi, 31 January 2019

Shattila Ekadashi is a holy one-day Hindu event. Shattila Ekadashi is also called Shat – Tila Ekadashi and Tilda Ekadashi. Shat part of Shattila means six, and tila means sesame seeds.

The date of the holy event of Shattila Ekadashi is determined according to the Hindu calendar, based on the moon cycle. The date of Shattila Ekadashi occurs on the 11th day, Tithi, in the Krishna Paksha fortnight phase of the moon, in the Hindu calendar month of Magha or Paush. The Sanskrit word Ekadasha means eleven and Ekadashi means the 11th day of a fortnight. Krishna Paksha is the waning-decreasing phase of the moon in the month. The Hindu month Magha corresponds and falls in the Gregorian January-February period. In 2019, Shattila Ekadashi is falling on the Gregorian date, the 31st of January.

Shattila Ekadashi is observed in remembrance, devotion, and dedication to Lord Vishnu. Devotees worship Lord Vishnu on Shattila Ekadashi to seek his blessings. They also seek the end of any miseries, sorrows, pains etc; and forgiveness for any sins that may have been committed knowingly or unknowingly.

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How to observe Shattila Ekadashi :

  • Wake up early in the morning, around dawn
  • Bathe with the sesame seeds mixed in the bathing water
  • Some apply paste, made out of sesame seeds, on the body
  • Keep an undistracted, undisturbed and a pure mind in the morning
  • Can keep a strict or a basic partial fast; there are certain Vrat, food items
  • Fast starts at dawn of Shattila Ekadashi and ends the next day early morning
  • Consumption of pulses, rice and grains are to be avoided
  • Many devotees bathe Lord Vishnu idols with sesame seed mixed pure water
  • Donating food, and-or sweet items with sesame seeds to the poor is highly auspicious
  • Can visit a temple, especially of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna
  • Some devotees remain awake at night and chant Lord Vishnu’s name or Mantra


A Mantra for Lord Vishnu is -

                        On Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

                        ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय

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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-01-31 11:14:35 )

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