Rangbharai Ekadashi marks the beginning of Holi celebrations in Varanasi (Kashi). In 2017, Rangbhari Ekadashi date is March 8. People of Varanasi and the government organizations start their Holi festivities from this day.
The festival of colours, Holi 2017 date is March 12/13 in Varanasi. Rangbhari Ekadasi is also known as Amalaki Ekadashi in other parts of India.
To mark the occasion of starting the celebrations of Holi festival, Kashi Vishwanath temple administration and the tourism department of Uttar Pradesh will organize special cultural programmes in the temple.
Rangbhari Ekadashi Celebrations at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
Once, in the month of Phalguna (February – March), the holy fast of Amalakii Ekadasii arrived, conjoined with Dvadasi. This particular fast would bestow especially great benefit. Amalakii is offspring of Lord BrahmA, who can destroy all kinds of sinful reactions.
Amalakii, is actually the form of Brahman, and was once worshiped by Lord Ramachandra Himself. Whoever circumambulates her is therefore immediately freed of all his sins.
After having bath offered Amalakii tree a pot filled with water, as well as garland and aromatic incense. Then worship Lord Parashurama with these prayers: ‘Oh Lord ParashurAma, Oh son of Renuka, Oh all-pleasing one, Oh liberator of the worlds, kindly come beneath this holy Amalakii tree and accept our humble obeisances.’
If the Amarlaki tree isn’t available then worship the sacred Tulasi tree. Also plant the sacred Tulasi seeds, and offer lamps to her.
Rangbhari Ekadashi in Previous Years
In 2016, Rangbhari Ekadashi date was March 19.
In 2015, Rangbhari Ekadashi date was March 1.
Rangbhari Ekadashi 2014 date was March 12.
Rangbhari Ekadashi 2013 date was March 23.
Rangbhari Ekadashi 2012 date was March 4. Holi 2012 date was March 8 in Varanasi.