Shattila Ekadashi – Meaning and Significance

As per the Hindu calendar, Ekadashi is the 11th day of waxing and waning moon phases. It arrives twice a month and 24 times a year. Each moon phase has 15 days; the eleventh day of the moon is known as Ekadashi. Waxing and waning moon phases are also known as Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha, respectively.

Every year, Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists consider these Ekadashis, and some also observe fast on the day. Ekadashi is the day of Lord Vishnu; it is believed that whoever observes fast on all Ekadashis without eating and drinking anything gets to the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu.

However, if health doesn’t permit, people can also observe fasting with only fruits, milk, and water. There is no need to go vigorous about fasting if you can’t handle it. Fasting is always beneficial to the body and mind; it clears your thoughts and increases immunity. When you fast, you don’t eat anything; hence you give rest to your digestive system. The body then utilizes this energy to heal whatever is malfunctioning internally.

About Sat-Tila Ekadasi Or Magh-Krishna Ekadasi

Sat-Tila Ekadasi happens during the eleventh day of Krishna Paksha or the waning moon phase in the month of Magh (January- February).

The word Shat means six, and Tila means sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are used in six different ways during Sat-Tila Ekadasi. These ways are as following:

• Using sesame seeds in bathing with water
• Applying a paste of sesame seeds on the body
• Drinking water with sesame seeds
• Eating sesame seeds
• Offering sesame seeds in fire
• Donating sesame seeds to people in the temple

Observing Sattila Ekadasi has great significance; anyone who observes the day with complete devotion and good intentions receives the grace of Lord Vishnu in the form of health, wealth, and prosperity. The person never lacks food, money, or any resources in life.

Observing the Vrat purifies not just this lifetime but the coming lifetime as well. It liberates a person mentally that he doesn’t feel obstructed by worldly desire. He becomes able to find satisfaction in what he has and doesn’t go crazy behind materials. The person improves in all aspects, mentally, physically, socially, spiritually, and intellectually.

All misdeeds, misfortunes, and sins leave his way. He becomes the owner of positive thoughts and a clear mind.

Story Behind Sat-Tila Ekadashi

Lord Krishna was the one to narrate the story and significance of every Ekadashi. He told the story of Sat-tila Ekadasi to Narad Muni also.

The story goes like once there was a lady who was a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu. He used to observe all important fasts and worship Vishnu every day. The lady was doing the worship and observing the fasts without any intentions. Due to these fasts, she also became extremely weak. The lady was still a donor, and she used to give everything to Brahmins and young girls. However, she never gave food to anyone!

Lord Vishnu noticed it, and to test the lady, he came on her door to ask for some food. The lady got irritated and the mud into the bowl of the beggar. As she gave mud to Lord Vishnu, he made a house of mud for the lady. Vishnu also allowed the lady to enter his abode in her mortal body itself. The lady met Lord Vishnu and complained about why he had given a mud house to her, which has no wealth and food.

The Lord then asked the lady to go home and wait for the demi-Gods. He told her not to open the door till they tell her the benefits of Sattila Ekadasi. The lady did the same; she explained whatever she had done in life, and then she was given the benefits and rituals of the Ekadashi.

Upon receiving the advice and procedure of Sattila Ekadasi, the lady started observing the fast. As the lady was already a devotee of Vishnu, it took her no time to get fulfilled by a lavish home, jewelry, grains, health, and prosperity; such grand effects one can reap by observing the Sattila Ekadasi Vrat.

This is how Lord Krishna narrated the story to Narad Muni. He made him understand how Sattila Ekadasi Vrat should be observed by the devotees that they can get all material benefits plus the abode of Vishnu when they leave their body after the lifetime.