Shattila Ekadashi 2021: Know the Significance, Muhurat & Associated Legends

Ekadashi has got a special place in Hinduism. Almost 24 Ekadashis fall during a year and at least 2 Ekadashis fall in a month. Shattila Ekadashi 2021 is one of the Ekadashis which is considered to be highly important. It falls in Magha month during Krishna Paksha. In this blog, you will get to know everything pertaining to this day and how to attain the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

Shattila Ekadashi Shubh Muhurat & Tithi 

February 07, 2021 i.e. Sunday

Shattila Ekadashi Parana Muhurta : 07:05:20 to 09:17:25 on 8 February

Period : 2 hours 12 minutes

The above mentioned Muhurat is applicable for Delhi. Click here to know the Muhurat of your city

 It is believed that using sesame (Til) in six different ways eradicates all the sins of one’s life and helps in attaining the blessings of Baikuntha Dham. Due to different uses of sesame, the day has been named as Shattila Ekadashi. There is a mention about this fast in Padma Purana that one who performs donation and worships with absolute devotion and pious heart on this day, attains salvation (Moksha) in life and emancipates from all sins.        

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Shattila Ekadashi Significance

The fast of Shattila Ekadashi is considered to be highly fruitful. It is believed that it gives fruits equivalent to that of Kanyadan. Besides this, this fast is equal to thousands of years of meditation and abundance donations. This fast also helps in keeping peace and prosperity in the family and gives materialistic pleasures. Also, one attains salvation (Moksha) after death. Performing worship on this very day holds high significance. Now, let us go through the exact rituals of worship.    

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Shattila Ekadashi Puja Vidhi

  • Wake up early in the morning, take a bath and venerate Lord Vishnu. Offer Khichdi of sesame and Urad as Bhog to him.   
  • It is believed that using sesame as many ways as it can be, proves to be more beneficial.  
  • One should adopt disciplined life before the day of Shattila Ekadashi. It means that the observer of the fast should not eat food on the night of Dashami, a day before Ekadashi. 
  • One should resolve to fast with absolute devotion by sacrificing the spirit of anger, greed, attachment etc and then, worship. 
  • This fast is observed without consuming water. However, those who are unable to observe without water, are advised to eat fruits.   
  • On this day, worship Lord Vishnu in the evening again. Light a lamp/Diya before Tulsi. 
  • Break your fast on the following day i.e. Dwadashi.
  • Serve food to the Brahmins before the end of fast and perform donations as per your financial capacity. 

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Take an oath to fast and worship while meditating Lord Vishnu after taking a bath in Brahma Muhurat and completing your daily work. Place the idol/photo of Lord Vishnu on an elevated plank. After this, add some sesame in Gangajal and sprinkle it on the idol/photo and place a pot. Recite the Path of Vishnu Sahasranama in the worship and perform the Aarti of Lord Vishnu. Offer sesame as Bhog in the worship of Shattila Ekadashi fast. Also, donating sesame is considered to be highly significant on this very day. It is believed that as much sesame you donate in the month of Magha, you will get a chance to remain in heaven for that many years.      

Significance of Sesame on Shattila Ekadashi Fast

Using sesame holds high significance on this day. It can be used in the following ways.

1. Add some sesame in water and take a bath from it.

2. One can apply sesame paste.   

3. Use sesame while performing Havan on this very day.

4. You can add some sesame in water and consume it.

5. It can be given in donation.

6. Prepare sweets and dishes of sesame. 

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Shattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha Bhagwan Vishnu (Lord Vishnu)

There is a mention of Shattila Ekadashi fast in Padma Purana and according to it, there used to be a lady in ancient times. She was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. She used to worship him and observe fast with absolute devotion. The fast made her body and soul pure but she never donated food. She got an empty hut after she had died. She asked Lord Vishnu why she was given an abandoned hut. Then, Lord Vishnu replied that she had never donated food and hence, she was gifted with the same. Once, he went to her for begging, she gave him a lump of clay.    


She asked what she could do to overcome her mistake. Then, Lord Vishnu advised her to observe the fast of Shattila Ekadashi. Further, she did as suggested and thus, her hut got surrounded with food and she started leading her life peacefully in Baikuntha.   

Other Impacts of Shattila Ekadashi Vrat

  • It is believed that a person is gifted with a healthy life with this fast. 
  • It is helpful in getting a long life. 
  • It makes a person get rid of all eye disorders and diseases. 
  • One who worships Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi, is blessed with utmost peace, prosperity and wealth. 
  • It is helpful for ladies to be blessed with good luck.  
  • If a married couple observes this fast, they are blessed with peace in their married life.
  • Donating Kalash filled with sesame ensures that you will always have ample money. 

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