Serve the needy and gain their belssings
There are a lot of festivals and days celebrated in Hinduism considering various important points of religion. Tilda Ekadashi is also known as Shattila Ekadashi, which falls in the month of January and this particular day is dedicated to lord Vishnu. The name is basically derived from the word ‘Sesame’. The sesame seeds are donated to the hungry and the poor who are in need. There is also a belief among the people if they take bath with the water mixed with sesame seeds, results received are always good. People also go for fasting on Shattila Ekadashi and do various kinds of religious rituals to please the god such as reciting of Vishnu sahatranama and other stotras.
The story behind this auspicious day is, there was a woman who performs all the rituals on every Ekadashi day without failing, fed the poor and the Brahmins with clothes, jewelry, and a lot of other items except the food and grains. On one fine day, Lord Krishna appeared in the disguise of an old beggar and started begging the woman for food standing before her house. The moment the old man started begging she asked him for his gothra and the old man turned a deaf ear towards her and continued begging. The lady turned angry and dropped a ball of clay into his begging bowl. The lady when she went inside the house to have food, everything ended up in clay and she became weaker for days without food. Moral of this story is among all the danam’s anna danam is the precious one. Hence as per the guidance of the Hinduism people provide food to all the people who are in need, feed beggars and do such other noble activities to get their blessings.