Vaikunta Ekadashi 2023 Dates
- Vaikunta Ekadashi 2023 Dates – Monday, 2nd January & Saturday, 23rd December
Vaikunta Ekadashi Importance
Ekadashi is an Eleventh Lunar day or Eleventh Tithi of the fortnight of the waxing or waning moon. Ekadashi occurs twice in a month i.e., once in Krishna Paksha and once in Shukla Paksha.
Ekadashi that occurs in the Hindu month of Marghashira, Shukla Paksha (fortnight of waxing the moon) is known as Vaikunta Ekadashi. The day is also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi or Swarga Vathil Ekadasi.
Vaikunta Ekadashi one of the main festivals for Vaishnavas and celebrated across all the temples that dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations.
It is the most auspicious day and celebrated with a huge enthusiasm at Tirumala Tirupati Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple and Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam.
On the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi, devotees observe fasting and enters into the temples for Lord Vishnu’s Darshan from Vaikunta Dwaram (The entance situated to the North side), it is also called as Uthara Dwaram.
Devotees believe that the name indicates Vaikunta Dwaram is the door to Vaikuntam and also it known as Mukkoti Pradakshinam.
Vaikunta Ekadasi at Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam
In Tirumala, Vaikunta Ekadasi is celebrated in a grand manner. More than one lakh devotees take darshan of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy on Mukkoti Ekadasi day.
The main entrance of the temple will be close on the night of Dasami, a day before vaikunta ekadasi after ekanta seva. On Ekadashi morning the Mukkoti Pradakshina Margam (Vaikunta Dwaram) will be kept open till the ekanta seva of lord on Vaikunta Dwadasi.
Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam on Vaikunta Ekadasi
Koil Alwar means ‘Holy Shrine’. Alwar means “Devotee”. Tirumanjanam means “Cleaning with aromatic ingredients”.
Koil Tirumanjanam is purification ceremony of Garbha Griha (sanctum santorum) and temple premises by devotees.
During the ceremony all the deities and other articles are removed from santum santorum and cleansed while the “Mula Virat” is covered with a water- proof covering.
The entire Garbha Griham, including floors, ceilings and walls, sub-shrines inside the sanctum, puja articles are cleaned with water and Tirumanjanam which is a composition of camphor, sandal paste, saffron, turmeric Kicchili Gadda (a root vegetable) etc. is smeared, which acts as a disinfectant.
The covering of the main deity is then removed and the deities, deepam and other articles are replaced inside. Special pujas and Naivedyams are then offered to the presiding deity Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy.
This ceremony is performed strictly as per the agamas and is conducted four times in a year, before Ugadi, Anivara Asthanam, Vaikunta Eakadasi and Annual Brahmotsavams.
Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam
Sarva darshanam usually starts by 5 am and the waiting time can be from 24 to 36 hours.
Devotees need to book tickets in advance for Vaikunta dwara Darshanam through TTD Seva Online Portal. But, *Special tickets for Darshanam may not be released on Vaikunta Ekadasi.
- No reference letters will be entertained, which means Break Darshan for recommendation letters will not be available.
- No privileged darshan, including parents with infants, defence, physically challenged and Senior Citizens, NRIs, donors.
- Supadam entrance will be closed.
- Food and water will be provided in the compartments.
- Some times limited special darshan tickets will be provided for local devotees.
Accommodation in Tirumala on Vaikunta Ekadashi
If you plan to find accommodation after reaching Tirumala, it will be impossible. Book your accommodation in adavance.
Some basic accommodations like tents or temperory sheds will arranged by TTD for piligrims to take rest. If you have blankets, you will be having places like parks and corridors.
It is an important day in all Vaishno Temples.
On this day in ISKCON, Bangalore temple, Celebrations starts with Suprabhatha Seva, Abhishekam for Lord Sri Krishna and then devotees takes Darshan of Lord.