Amla is used as a major ingredient in preparation of Ayurvedic medicine. The lemony part removes acidity, sweet portion diseffects ulcers and the bitter part cures cough. Its utilitarian pupose accords an important status in the various scriptures at par with Bramha, Vishnu, Maheswara.
On this occasion Lord Vishnu is bathed in Amla paste water by the Habisha or women who observe the Kartika Vrata or fasting. They cook the offering to the Lord under an Amla tree and chant the name of God while moving around the tree. Protection of nature and compassion for fellow beings is the significance of this festival.