Rangbhari Ekadashi 2022: Date, Muhurta, Importance and relation to Lord Shiva
By: Future Point | 23-Feb-2022Views : 1132
Rangbhari Ekadashi is a popular Hindu festival and is the only Ekadashi which is related to Lord Shiva besides Lord Vishnu. It is important to know that Ekadashi is specifically associated with Lord Vishnu. On the day of Rangbhari Ekadashi, special worship of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati is done in Varanasi, the holy city of Baba Vishwanath.
According to the Hindu calendar, Rangbhari Ekadashi is celebrated on Ekadashi tithi of Shukla Paksha of phalgun month. On Ekadashi tithi, Lord Shri Hari Vishnu is worshiped with full devotions while maintaining all important rituals. Rangbhari Ekadashi is also known as Amalaki Ekadashi, Amla Ekadashi and Amalaka Ekadashi.
Let us know about the relation of the festival with Lord Shiva along with its date in 2022. Here we will also mention about the worship rituals, muhurta and importance of Rangbhari Ekadashi, 2022.
Rangbhari Ekadashi, Date and Time
Ekadashi tithi starts - March 13, Sunday at 10:21 am
Ekadashi tithi ends - March 14, Monday at 12:05 pm
Shubh Muhurta of Rangbhari Ekadashi starts - March 14, from 12:07 in the afternoon
The auspicious time of Rangbhari Ekadashi ends on 14 March, till 12: 54 minutes in the afternoon.
Rangbhari Ekadashi will be celebrated on March 14 as per the Udaya tithi.
Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga on Rangbhari Ekadashi
This time Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga is being formed on the day of Rangbhari Ekadashi making it all the more auspicious. Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga will last from 06:32 in the morning to 10:08 in the night. On Rangbhari Ekadashi, Pushya Nakshatra will be till 10:08 minutes at night.
Significance of Rangbhari Ekadashi
Rangbhari Ekadashi has special significance. This Ekadashi is also related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is said that on this day Lord Shiva brought Mother Parvati to Kashi for the first time. It is said that when Baba Vishwanath had brought Mata Gauri to Kashi for the first time after marrige, she was welcomed with colours and gulal. This is the reason that every year in Kashi, on the day of Rangbhari Ekadashi, Baba Vishwanath and Mata Gaura are worshiped and a procession depicting gauna or farewell after marriage is carried out in the city.
On this day, idols of Baba Vishwanath and Mata Parvati are taken out in the whole city and they are welcomed with colorful gulal and flowers. Special worship and several festivities are organized in Kashi Vishwanath temple on Rangbhari Ekadashi.
Worship and rituals to be followed on Rangbhari Ekadashi
- On the day of Rangbhari Ekadashi, devotees should wake up early in the morning preferably at Brahma Muhurta and after taking bath should take sankalpa of fasting throughout the day.
- If it is not possible for you to go to the Shiva temple, then one may keep the picture of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati in the temple of the house itself and carry on the sankalpa.
- Chant shiva mantra- om namah shivay and light a ghee lamp in front of them.
- Now you should make offerings of fruits, Bel leaves, Kumkum, Roli, Panch Mewa and Akshat to Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati.
- Offer solah shringaar articles to Mata Gauri.
- After completing this, you should offer colors and gulal to the divine couple.
- Perform aarti with Deepak and Kapoor.
- Offer bhog to the deity and then distribute it as prasadam to all the members of the family.
Rangbhari Ekadashi and importance of gooseberry tree or amla
Rangbhari Ekadashi falls before Holi and is particularly important for those who wish to attain moksha or salvation. Those following spirituality should worship Lord Vishnu by sitting under a gooseberry tree on the day of Amalaki or Rangbhari Ekadashi. It is believed that Amla is the favorite fruit of Lord Vishnu.
Amalaki Ekadashi has special significance in Hinduism. Amalaki means gooseberry. It is believed that when Shri Hari Vishnu gave birth to Brahma to create the universe, at the same time he gave birth to the gooseberry tree. Amla has been revered by Lord Vishnu in the form of Adi tree. It is considered auspicious to worship amla tree on this day and it is believed to contain divinity in every part of it. The Amla tree is believed to be the abode of Lord Vishnu.
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How Rangbharni Ekadashi has been derived from Amalaki?
We know that Bholenath came to his beloved city Kashi for the first time after marrying Gauri, and the day is celebrated as Rangbharni Ekadashi in the honor of Mother Parvati. It is said that on that day the whole city was decorated with different colors to welcome Goddess Parvati. Since then this tradition continues till date. The entire Kashi is decorated with colors. Baba Vishwanath is also decorated and is made to put special makeup and attire. Special preparations are made to welcome Maa Gauri and Shiva. The devotees celebrate the day with great fervor.
Importance of donations on Rangbharni Ekadashi
The devotees smear the ground near gooseberry tree with cow dung. After this, they make an altar at the root of the tree and place an urn on it. Then they pray to all deities and invite them to get established inside the Kalash. After that they keep gandhak and Panch Ratna in the Kalash. At last, Panch Pallav is placed on the top and they light a lamp on it. They also apply sandalwood paste on the Kalash and then offer clothes.
After this, after remembering Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Shri Hari, they worship him duly. In the night, remember the Lord by reciting the story and hymns of God. The next morning, after feasting the brahmins, donate the kalash along with the idol of Parashurama to them. After this, take food and water and break your fast. At the same time, pray to the Lord that whatever errors have happened in the fast, he should forgive him as an innocent child. This way you may attract great blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.