New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Amla Navami is a special that is observed on the ninth day of Kartik Shukla Paksha. Popularly known as 'Akshay Navami', this day has a special significance to Lord Vishnu and that's why an Amla tree (gooseberry tree) is worshipped on this day.    

To signify the observance of this day, devotees refer to a story written in Hindu scriptures. According to the legend, Goddess Lakshmi once came to visit the earth. On the way, she desired to worship Lord Vishnu and Shiva together. Lakshmi Mata wondered how Vishnu and Shiva could be worshiped together. Then, she realised that the quality of basil and vine are found in amla. Tulsi is dear to Lord Vishnu and Bel is to Shiva. So, she worshiped Amla and please both Lord Shiva and Vishnu.

Puja Muhurat

Amla Navami is celebrated 9 days after Diwali. It is advised to worship Amla Tree before the sun rises. The best time to worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Amla Tree is 4:15 am to 5:00 am on November 23.

Puja Vidhi

Amla tree is worshiped before sunrise by bathing. Offer milk in the amla root and offer prayers to the holy tree with roli, akshat, flower, smell etc. After that, after doing seven circumambulations of the Amla tree, light the lamp. Then listen to the story or read it. 

Importance of Amla Tree

According to Padma Purana, this sacred fruit is considered to be pleasing and auspicious to Lord Shri Vishnu. By eating this fruit, humans become free from all sins. Eating Amla increases lifespan. Drinking juice of Amaval leads to the accumulation of religion and bathing with its water removes poverty and all kinds of opulence are attained.

Posted By: Srishti Goel