There are 24 Ekadashi falls in a year and in case of Adhikmas, the number increases to 26. All the Ekadashis are considered as very auspicious and are observed by people with fasting and donating.
Among all the Ekadashi, one is Shatilla Ekadashi that is observed on the 11th day during the Paush Month in the Krishna Paksha. Shatilla derives from the word Til and on this day, people observe fast and prepare prasad from Til and then consume it the next day with their family after it is offered to Lord Vishnu.
Donating til and other items on this day is considered very important and the Ekadashi fast is believed to be fruitful only if the devotee donates til and other food grains.
Shattila Ekadashi 2024 Overview
|Also known as
|Stilla Ekadashi, Tilda Ekadashi, Shat-Tila Ekadashi, and Sattila Ekadashi
|February 6, 2024
षटतिला एकादशी 2024 Date & Time
In the year 2024, Shattila Ekadashi will fall on 6th February. Ekadashi tithi begins at 5:24 PM on February 05, 2024 and ends at 4:07 PM on February 06, 2024.
Apart from Ekadashi tithi and time, one more important thing is the Parana time. Parana of Shattila Ekadashi Vrat 2024 falls on the next day, i.e., February 7, 2024. Parana time will be from 7:06 AM to 09:18 AM.
Significance of Shattila Ekadashi
Observing a fast of the day of Shattila Ekadashi and donating to poor and needy pleases Lord Vishnu. People who keep fast on the day of Shattila Ekadashi never goes poor and hungry and all his/ her wishes are fulfilled by Lord Vishnu. Devotees who seek salvation should observe this vrat with complete dedication.
Lord Vishnu forgives all the sins committed unknowingly of His devotees who observe Shattila Ekadashi fast, fills their house with food and happiness and provide them salvation (Moksha) after death.
However, observing a fast on the day of Shattila Ekadashi is believed to be beneficial only if the devotees donate food grain and other items to the poor or Brahmins.
Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Kaise Kare?
The day of Shattila Ekadashi begins with devotees taking a holy bath early in the morning. Prayers are then offered to Lord Vishnu along with prasad made of til, preferably black. Til is used in six forms on this day (and therefore the name Shattila- Shat (six) and til (sesame seeds))- bathing with til mixed water, boiling of til, tilak of til, consumption of til mixed water, food of til and offering prayers with sesame.
Reciting Vishnu mantras and Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha are also considered very important. Devotees should avoid consumption of onion, garlic and rice on this day. The fast is opened on the next day, also known as Parana, by consuming the prasad that was offered to Lord Vishnu.
Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha
Devotees who observe a fast on the day of Shattile Ekadashi must recite the story behind it. The fasting is considered beneficial only if the devotees read the story and Vishnu mantras on this day. The story goes as follows:
Narada Muni once visited Vaikunth, the abode of Lord Vishnu and asked Him about the story of Shattila Ekadashi, its significance and its benefits. Lord Vishnu smiled at a curios Narad and went on with the sory. He said-
In ancient times, there was a Brahmin woman living on the earth who had great reverence and devotion in me. She used to keep all the fast for me and there was one time when she observed fasting for a month to seek my blessings. Due to all these good deeds, the body of the woman was purified. However, this woman never donated anything to brahmins and poor. One day I decided to visit the woman in the form of a Brahmin and ask for alms. But instead of giving any food, she picked soil from the ground and gave it to me.
When time came and the woman’s soul left her body, she was given place in heaven due to the effect of fasting she used to do. She was given a hut and a mango tree in front of it, but the inside of the house was empty. Watching this, she asked me why is her hut empty even though she worshipped me with complete devoutness.
I told her that even you worshipped me with utter devotion, observed fast, offered prayers but one thing you forgot to do was donating to poor and needy. She then asked if there was any way she could make it up. I said, when Devakanyas come to meet you, ask them how to observe Shattila Ekadashi fast. Upon observing that fast with total devotion along with donating til and other food grains will get you rid of all your sins. She does as told and within no time her hut was filled by grains.
Observing fast on this day is important but if done without donating til and food grains to poor, the devotees will not get complete benefit of observing the fast.
Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Parana
Parana means breaking the fast and is done after sunrise on next day of fasting. It is necessary that the devotees do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi does not give any benefit of the vrat and is similar to an offense. On Parana Day, Dwadashi will end on 01:18 PM and therefore devotees must open their fast before that.
February 6, 2024
05:24 PM on February 05, 2024
04:07 PM on February 06, 2024