What is Shattila Ekadashi ?
Many of you must have heard about Shattila Ekdasi, but you all might have one question in your mind, What is Shattila Ekadashi ? Shattila Ekadasi, or Shatthila Ekadashi is an important day for all the Hindu devotees and is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. It is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month of January/February. On this day, people following Hindu religion abstain from food completely. It falls on the 11th day of every lunar fortnight, due to which there are two Ekadashi in a month.
When is Shattila Ekadashi ?
The significance of Sattila Ekadasi was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana. It is highly auspicious for devotees to take bath in the water mixed with til (Sesame) and to offer oblations to dead ancestors with the sesame seeds water on this day. Shattila Ekadashi vrat date in 2017 is January 23rd. It is good to go on a fast on this religious day as in Hindu religion, Upvaas is meant to bring a devotee close to Brahman and Lord Shiva.
What can be eaten on Ekdashi ?
All the devotees who fasts on the day Shattila Ekdashi avoid food made of rice or grains and consume Sabudana Khichadi with potatoes and ground nut without onion and garlic. Apart from this, food that includes fresh and dried fruits, milk products, vegetables and nuts can also be eaten by a devotee. Ekadashi fasting not only purifies the body of a person, but also brings peace to the mind. Also, it is observed that practicing Ekadashi vrat cleans the body and digestive organs of a devotee. So, if you are fasting on Shattila Ekadasi, forget about all the rules and regulations, or what you will gain from this auspicious day.