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. Vaikunta Ekadashi Celebrations takes place in all the temples that dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations. 

Ekadashi that occurs in the Hindu month of Marghashira, Shukla Paksha (fortnight of waxing the moon) is known as Vaikunta Ekadashi.

Vaikunta Ekadashi – A Main Festival in South India

 

This is one of the main festivals for Vaishnavas and celebrated across all temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations in South India.

The day is also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi or Swarga Vathil Ekadasi.

It is a very important day for Tirumala Tirupati Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple and Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam.

On the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi, devotees observe fasting and can pass into temples for Lord Vishnu’s Darshan from Vaikunta Dwaram only. Devotees believe that the name indicates Vaikunta Dwaram is the door to Vaikuntam.

In Tirumala, more than one lakh devotees take darshan of lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy on this day.

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.

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