Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2023
Vaikuntha Ekadshi is also named as Mukkoti Ekadashi. Vaikuntha ekadashi means in Sanskrit “Eleventh day of Vaikuntha”. There are 24 Ekadashis in a year. Vaikuntha ekadashi is very special among these, Devotees consider it very pleasing to Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu calendar this auspicious day occurs in the month of “Margashira” (between December and January).This Ekadashi falls on January 2, 2023. It is believed that “Vaikunta Dwaram” Or “Gates of Lord Inner Sanctum” is opened on this day. On the day of Mukkoti Ekadashi many devotees yearn to have Darshan of Lord Sri Maha Vishu through the Northern Gates.
Why should you do Darshan through Northern Gates or Uttara Dwaram?
It is said that the Gates of Vaikuntha , Where Sri Maha Vishnu is Standing, will be opened today on the day when the Vaikuntha Gates are opened. Lord Vishnu comes to earth on the vehicle of Garuda with three crores of deities and appears to the devotees. Unable to bear the sufferings of the demons, all the deities crossed the northern gate and visited. Srimannarayana to plead for their sufferings. Devotees believe that Sri Maha Vishnu, who has blessed him, has removed that pain. That’s Why it we visit the northern gate, many problems that are playing us will be solved.
About Vaikunta Ekadasi:
Our Six Months are days for the Gods and another six months are night. According to this it is said that on Vaikuntha Ekadashi day all the deities have come from Dakshinayanam to Uttarayana Punyakalam that is from darkness to the bright day. When the gates of heaven are opened. This light first enters through the northern gate. That is why the vaishnava temples, the Gate facing North is kept open, visiting the Lord through this door is considered auspicious.
Vaikunta Ekadasi Significance:
During the krita era, the asura named “Mura” used to rule the city Chandravathi as the capital. He came by worshipping the gods. Then the gods went and begged Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha. Hearing the prayers of the gods, Lord Vishnu came down from Vaikuntha and killed “Murasura”. The Massacre took place on this Ekadashi day. It is named Vaikuntha Ekadashi because it is the day when Lord Vishnu descends from Vaikuntha and comes to earth to kill his enemies. On this day Halahalam(poison) and Amrutham were both born. On this day Lord Shiva swallowed up the Clamour. Devotees also believe that Lord Krishna preached the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on this day during the Mahabharata war.
It is Scientifically proven that those who visit Sri Maha Vishnu at the Northern Gates of this Special day temples, which are treated by the three names of Swargadwar, Mukkoti Ekadashi, and Vaikuntha Ekadashi, will not be reborn.
Vaikunta Ekadasi Pooja At Home:
Vaikuntha Ekadashi Vrat is celebrated in the month of Margashira. On the second day of January. Mukkoti Ekadashi Thiti begins on Sunday 1st January at 07:12 pm ending on Monday 2nd January at 08:24 pm. Putrada Ekadashi will be celebrated on 3rd January from 07:12 am to 09:20 am. On the Vaikuntha Ekadashi one should wake up before sunrise and bath. Start fasting and light a ghee lamp and meditate in front of a picture or idol of Lord Vishnu in the pooja mandir of your home. Tulasi, Flowers, Ganga water and Panchamrita should be added while doing Vishnu Pooja. Devotees can eat fresh fruits in the evening. Food should be given to the needy on the next vaikunta ekadasi.
Vaikunta Ekadasi Fasting Procedure:
Lord Vishnu has blessed those who fast on Dhanurmasa Shukla Ekadashi to attain Vaikuntha. It is said that on the day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi Mura hiden in Rice, hence one should not eat anything made of rice. Complete fasting is observed on this auspicious day. Most of the devotees will be in full fasting on the whole day and they take fruits and milk. Rice and Whole grains are not consumed. Non – Vegetarian food is strictly prohibited. Vishnu Purana says that fasting on this day is equivalent to fasting on other 23 Ekadashis. On the next day only after the Sunrise devotees can break their fast.
Special poojas in these Temples on Vaikuntha Ekadashi:
Special poojas are performed at the Lord Venkateswara Swamy Temple in the vicinity of the seven Hills, Tirumala. Which is the living deity of Kaliyuga. All the devotees will be given an opportunity to enter Vaikunta Dwaram. Special poojas are also performed at Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy temple in Kurnool District in Rayalaseema itself. Similarly Scholars says that visiting Sri SeethaRamula Swamy at Bhadrachalam, Annavaram Veera Venkata SatyaNarayana Swamy temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy temple in kadapa Ontimitta, Simhachalam Appanna Swamy in Visakha, Venkanna temple in Dwaraka TirumalaTirumala, Ranganatha Swamy temple in SriRangam, Lord Krishna temple in Udupi, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram temple almost all temples of Maha Vishnu in Vaikuntha Ekadashi.