Amalaki Ekadashi is observed on Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Falgun Month. In 2016, Amalaki Ekadashi date is March 18 | March 19.
Smarta Amalaki Ekadashi – 18 March 2016
Vaishnava Amalaki Ekadashi – 19 March 2016
Amalaki means the Indian Gooseberry tree (botanical name – Phyllanthus emblica).
On this Ekadashi day, Amalaki tree is worshipped. Amla tree is believed as Lord Vishnu and Tulsi as Goddess Lakshmi.
The legend or Amalaki Ekadasi vrat katha is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana as a conversation between Vasista Muni and King Mandhata. The story is associated with King Chitraratha.
This Ekadashi is also referred to as Rangbhari Ekadashi. In Varanasi, Rangbhari Ekadasi is celebrated with utmost gusto.
Ekadashi Vrat Paaran Time
Those who observe Ekadashi on Saturday (19 March 2016), have to break their fasting on 20 March at 6.14 AM to 8.38 AM with Dwadashi Bhojan.
The next Ekadashi is Papamochani Ekadashi or Papavimochani Ekadasi (Chaitra Krishna Ekadasi / Falgun Krishna Ekadashi).
In 2015, Amalaki Ekadashi date was March 1.
In 2014, Amalaki Ekadashi date was March 12, Wednesday.
In 2013, Amalaki Ekadashi date was March 23, Saturday.
Amalaki Ekadashi 2012 date was March 4, 2012.