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All You need to Know About Vaikunta Ekadashi 2023 Date

All You need to Know About Vaikunta Ekadashi 2023 Date

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Vaikunta Ekadashi, also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi, is one of the most important Ekadashi.   Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also known as Swargavathil Ekadashi in Kerala. It is more common among Tamil and Telugu speakers. The day’s auspicious actions include fasting, keeping watch at night, and going through the Vaikunta Dwaram.

Vaikunta Ekadashi 2023 Dates

 Vaikuntha Ekadashi  Monday  2nd January 2023

 Vaikuntha Ekadashi  Saturday  23rd December 2023

Vaikuntha Ekadashi’s Timing

 Ekadashi Tithi Starts :  19:10  – 1ST January 2023

Ekadashi Tithi Ends : 20:25 – 2nd January 2023

Vaikuntha Ekadashi’s Timing

 Ekadashi Tithi Starts :  08:15  – 22nd December 2023

Ekadashi Tithi Ends : 07:10 – 23rd December 2023

Vaikunta Ekadashi is a big event in Tirupati Balaji Temple, Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple, and Bhadrachalam Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple.  Apart from these temples, Vaikunta Ekadashi is observed in all temples dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu and his incarnations throughout South India.

The opening of the Vaikunta Dwaram or Paramapada Vasal entrance in Vishnu Temples is the most important rite of the day in temples. Only on the Vaikunta Ekadashi day is this door unlocked, and worshippers are able to pass through. The door symbolically leads to Vaikunta, Vishnu’s dwelling.

Vaikunta Ekadashi Fasting and Its Benefits

Fasting, prayer, chanting, meditation, Japa, and Dhyana are all used to celebrate Vaikunta Ekadashi, also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi.

Dashami is the beginning of the austerities associated with Vaikunta Ekadasi. Its stringent adherence is marked by ‘Ekabhuktam,’ or eating only once on Dashami, followed by a rigorous fast or at least a partial fast on Vaikunta Ekadashi for those who are unable to maintain a complete fast for different reasons.

Dwadasi, or the twelfth day of the waxing or bright fortnight, is followed by the breaking of the fast. During a strict fast, water and milk may be consumed, while fruits may be consumed in addition to these during a partial fast.

 Fasting is believed to calm the senses and cleanse the body. It is believed that the mind in such a confined body will become pure. Purified body and mind aid in the attainment of divine closeness.

Vaikunta Ekadasi in Vishnu Temples

Vaikunta Ekadashi is observed by all 108 Divya Desam. The Northern gate of the temple, which is thought to be an entry to ‘Vaikunta,’ is kept open on Vaikunta Ekadashi day, and Lord Vishnu is dressed with a diamond studded armour. The utsava idol, or idol meant to be paraded through the streets during festivals, is called as ‘Namperumal,’ and it passes through the ‘Paramapada Vasal,’ or heaven’s entrance.

On Vaikunta Ekadashi and Dwadasi (the next day), taking a holy dip in the ponds in Vishnu temples is equivalent to taking a holy dip in all the holy rivers or tirthas of the universe.