Vaikuntha Ekadashi- 22-Dec-2023
Vaikuntha Ekadashi, also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi, is a Hindu festival observed in the month of Margashira (December-January), typically on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the waxing moon period. This festival is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, specifically to his form as Lord Krishna. Vaikuntha Ekadashi holds great significance in Hinduism, and it is believed to be an auspicious day to attain salvation (moksha).
The word “Vaikuntha” refers to the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that on Vaikuntha Ekadashi, the doors to the Vaikuntha are wide open, allowing devotees to enter the divine abode of Lord Vishnu. Observing fasts, engaging in prayers, and listening to religious discourses are common practices on this day.
Devotees believe that observing a fast on Vaikuntha Ekadashi and sincerely worshiping Lord Vishnu can cleanse the soul and help in breaking the cycle of birth and death (moksha). Many people also stay awake during the night, singing hymns and chanting prayers dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, especially those with a focus on Lord Ranganatha, often organize special events and processions on Vaikuntha Ekadashi. Pilgrims visit these temples to seek the blessings of the deity.
It’s important to note that the exact date of Vaikuntha Ekadashi may vary each year based on the Hindu lunar calendar. Devotees across India and in various parts of the world celebrate this festival with devotion and enthusiasm.