Vaikuntha Ekadashi is the most auspicious Ekadashi observed by Hindus. It is considered to be the most auspicious as it is believed on this day the Vaikuntha Dwar or the gates of heaven opens, so people keeping this fast will attain moksha and go straight to heaven. It is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi and Swarga Vathil Ekadashi. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated in the Margasisa or Margazhi month of Hindu calendar and mostly falls in late December or early January as per English calendar. Vaikuntha Ekadasi 2020 date is 25th December 2020. Find the detailed information on Vaikuntha Ekadashi below:
Origin, History, and Significance of Vaikuntha Ekadashi
Vaikunta Ekadashi is the most auspicious of all the Ekadashi. It is believed keeping fast on this day is equivalent to keeping fast on 23 Ekadashi. According to Hindu mythology, the word ‘Vaikuntha’ means the abode of Lord Vishnu, where there is no scarcity of anything, only abundance. The word ‘Ekadashi’ is a Sanskrit word meaning the Shukla paksha or the 11th lunar day, the day between the New Moon and Full moon days.
According to the Padma Purana, Lord Vishnu fought a Demon called Muran and in between the fight went to a cave to rest and to create a new weapon to kill the demon. While Lord Vishnu was resting, Demon Muran tried to kill him in the cave. However, his attempts were ruined, like the energy in a female form emanated from Lord Vishnu’s body and killed him instead. Lord Vishnu was impressed by that female energy and called her Ekadashi. He also gave her a boon, and as her boon, she asked that anyone who observes fast on that day would be granted moksha. Lord Vishnu granted her that boon, and since then it is believed anyone keeping fast on Ekadashi or 11th lunar day of Hindu calendar month of Margashirsha or Margazhi will attain moksha and reach heaven.
Since that day Hindus, especially Vaishnavites, observe fast on this day to reach Lord Vishnu’s abode or heaven. Lord Vishnu’s abode or Vaikuntha’s door is closed throughout the year for outsiders. Only on Vaikuntha Ekadashi, it is believed the ‘Vaikunta dwara’ or Vaikuntha door is open for everyone. Solemnly they think that by observing fast on Vaikuntha Ekadashi they will reach there (Vaikunta dwara) without encountering the Yama or the God of Death. Hindus also don’t eat rice on any of the Ekadashi as it is believed the Demon Muran dwells in rice grains.
Another legend regarding the history of Vaikuntha is that on this day ‘Sagar Mathana’ was performed. During this Sagar Manthan, divine nectar emerged from the ocean of milk, and it was distributed among the gods. So Hindu devotees believe people who die on this auspicious day, attain freedom from the cycle of life and death and reach heaven or Vaikuntha. Supporting this legend is the tale from Mahabharata of Lord Bheeshma waiting till Ekadashi to die. In some places, it is also known as “Bheeshma Ekadashi” for this reason.
When is Vaikuntha Ekadashi Celebrated
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated every year on the Shukla paksha or the eleventh lunar day of Margasira or Margazhi month of Hindu calendar. The 25th December 2020 is the Vaikuntha Ekadasi 2020 date.
How is Vaikuntha Ekadashi Celebrated and Where to Go
Across India, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated with great fervour and devotion in Vaishnava temples or Lord Vishnu Temples. Devotees pray to Lord Vishnu, worship with tulsi leaves, offer Prasad, fruits and sweets. They also fast for the entire day and recite Vishnu Puranam, Shri Vishnu Sahasranamam and Narayan Kavacham. Devotees sing bhajans and stay awake during the night to listen to Lord Vishnu stories. They also visit Lord Vishnu temples and give Bhagwad Gita to Brahmins or any deserving person.
Vaikunta Ekadasi 2020 festivities can be seen across India specifically in the southern states. The celebrations in SriRangam and Tirupati Temple are especially known for their Vaikuntha Ekadashi celebrations. The following places are worth visiting during Vaikuntha Ekadashi:
- Sri RanganathaSwamy Temple, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu- is one of the most popular temples in India. It witnesses lakhs of devotees every year for this auspicious day celebration. There is a processional deity known as NamPerumal who is adorned lavishly with precious stones.
- Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh- also known as Tirupati Tirumala, is one of the richest temples of the world. The Vaikuntha Ekadashi in Tirumala celebration is famous across the world. Lots of devotees come for Vaikuntha Ekadashi in Tirumala.
- Sita Ramachandraswamy temple, Bhadrachalam, Andhra Pradesh- celebrates this day pompously. On this day Lord Ram and Lakshmana idols are taken out in a procession.
- Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple Triplicane, Chennai, Tamilnadu- is a popular Lord Vishnu Temple. So this day is celebrated with a lot of festivities and attended by lakhs of devotees.
- Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangapatna, Karnataka- is the first of five abodes of Lord Ranganathaswamy or Panchranga Kshetra. The temple is known for its Vaikuntha Ekadashi celebrations.
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