Amla Navami

- December 26, 2023


Amla Navami
Illustration: Shivani Kher

Every year, in the month of November, people celebrate Amla Navami, a day dedicated to the worship of Amla or the Gooseberry tree. Also known as Akshaya Navami, this festival falls in the month of Kartik, as per the Hindu calendar.

According the various legends in the Skanda Purana, Padma Purana and Vishnu Purana, the Amla tree has been associated with Vishnu. It is believed that this tree is very dear to the god and has also been said to be another form of Vishnu himself.

On Amla Navami, devotees observe a fast throughout the day. After a pooja, they break the fast while sitting under an Amla tree. Sitting or meditating under the Amla tree on this day is believed to remove sins and diseases. People also circumambulate the tree and eat amlas to seek good health and prosperity.

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