Vaikunta Ekadasi is on Saturday 11th January in 2014. Vaikunta Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Lord Narayana. Vaikunta Ekadashi is one of the most important Ekadasi. Vaikuntha Ekadashi falls during Dhanurmas in Hindu solar calendar. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed according to Solar Calendar and because of that it might fall either in Margashirsha or in Pausha month in Hindu Lunar calendar. Vaikunta Ekadasi occurs in December or January according to English Calender. In Gregorian calendar there might be one or two Vaikunta Ekadasi's in a year. Vaikunta Ekadashi is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi. Vaikunta Ekadashi is also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi and Mokshada Ekadashi. Vaikunta Ekadashi is grandly celebrated in Tirupati, Srirangam and Bhadrachalam. Apart from these temples, all the temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations celebrate Vaikunta Ekadasi.
|Vaikunta Ekadasi 2014|
The important dates of the festival in 2014 Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple are listed below.
1 January - Wednesday - Pagalppathu Utsavam begins
10 January - Friday - Namperumal Mohini Alankaram
11 January - Saturday - Paramapada Vasal (Sorgavasal) Thirappu at 4.45 am early morning Namperumal Rathnangi Sevai Irappathu 1st day
17 January - Friday - Thirukaithala Sevai Nammaazhvar in Mohini Alankaram
18 January - Saturday - Thirumangai Mannan Vedupari Namperumal Guthirai (Horse) Vahanam
20 January - Monday - Thirthavari.
on the auspious day of Vaikunta Ekadasi it is believed that Vaikunta Dwaram is opened and devotees who observe fast on this day attain salvation the belief is that they goes to heaven after death. Vaikunta Ekadashi is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi followed by people of Kerala. Vaikunta Ekadashi is very important day for Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam and Sita Ramachandraswamy temple at Bhadrachalam.
Vaikunta Ekadasi day people woke up early and complete their regular activities and observe fasting throughout the day chanting the Lord Vishnu parayanam. until the sun goes down. Parana means breaking the fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. In the evening devotees offer Naveidaya, fruits, flowers, vermilon and turmeric to the Lord. Some devotees will be stay in the temples from the early morning and chanting the Lord Vishnu parayanam. On the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu offer prayers, yagnas and pooja's.