Vaikuntha Ekadasi at Sri Rangam (08.01.2017)

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Vaikuntha Ekadasi is the Shukla paksha Ekadasi that occurs during the [Dhanur] month in the Hindu calendar (corresponding to late December - January in English calendar).

The new year rings in Vaikunthaa Ekadasi which falls on January 8th 2017 This is the day when Vishnu gives you access to his celestial abode Vaikuntha, where every living being resides in complete harmony and fulfilment.

Significance of Vaikuntha Ekadasi
The significance of Vaikuntha Ekadasi can be traced back to the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Lord Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran. This happened during the month of Margazhi. Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Lord Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach ‘Vaikuntha’ (heaven).

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam

Vaikuntha Ekadasi is of immense importance at Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple. Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrations in Srirangam last 21 days, divided into two parts: pagal pathu (morning part) and Ira pathu (night part). Vishnu as Lord Ranganatha is adorned by an armour of diamonds (rathnaangi) and brought to the Thousand-Pillared Hall from the sanctum sanctorum through the northern gate known as Paramapada Vasal, the gate to Vaikuntha. This gate is opened once in a year, only on the Vaikuntha Ekadasi day. It is said that anyone who goes through the Paramapada Vasal will reach Vaikuntham.

Fasting on Ekadashi
Vaikuntha Ekadasi is synonymous with fasting and meditating on the Lord. Praying to Vishnu is the order of the day. Special prayers are offered to Vishnu and devotees engage in Japa (chanting of Vishnu's name) and Dhyana (Meditation).

Vaikuntha Ekadasi is the Shukla paksha Ekadasi that occurs during the [Dhanur] month in the Hindu calendar (corresponding to late December – January in English calendar).

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