What is Ekadashi?
Ekadashi is one of the thithis of the Hindu calendar and is a Sanskrit word meaning the ‘Eleventh’; it is named such as it is the eleventh lunar day of each of the two lunar phases that occurs in a Vedic calendar month. The timing of Ekadashi depends on the position of the Moon.
Normally, 24 Ekādaśīs occur in a calendar year. Sometimes in a Leap year, there might be two extra Ekādaśīs that happen in a leap year.
Importance of Ekadashi
Ekadashi is an auspicious day to pray and invoke Lord Maha Vishnu. It is a day of fasting and prayers for all Hindus. Fasting on this day helps to eliminate the malefic planetary influences and gain the mind to think of God and attain moksha.
Devotees go to Vishnu temples and pray to the Lord. They also chant his names and read the sacred texts like Vishnu Sahasranama, Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavad.
Significance of Vaikunta Ekadasi
Of all the Ekadashi days, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is accorded more importance. It is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi.
2021 Vaikuntha Ekadashi
As Vaikuntha Ekadashi occurred twice in 2020 (January and December), it does not happen in 2021. Next Vaikuntha Ekadashi falls on 2022. More details are below.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi dates in 2022 and Parana Time
Jan 13 Thursday
Sunrise: Jan 13, 7:14 AM
Sunset: Jan 13, 5:56 PM
Dwadashi End Moment: Jan 14, 10:19 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins: Jan 12, 4:49 PM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: Jan 13, 7:33 PM
Hari Vasara End Moment : Jan 14, 2:14 AM
Parana Time : Jan 14, 7:14 AM – Jan 14, 9:23 AM
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi. The Hindu texts record that all the thirty-three million devas worship and have the darshan of Lord Maha Vishnu on this day.
Things you must do on Vaikuntha Ekadashi
Hindu Scriptures have laid down the promising practices to be followed during the Vaikuntha Ekadashi. Following the below practices will help to receive the fulsome blessings of Lord Vishnu on this momentous day.
Chanting Vishnu Names and Mantras: Lord Vishnu is called by several names like Madhava, Kesava, Damodara, Rama, Krishna, and many more. You can chant these names as each of these names have unique significance and meaning. The Vishnu Sahasranama is a popular text containing 1000 names of Maha Vishnu. Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama on Vaikuntha Ekadashi is a widely followed practice by several devotees.
Reading the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Puran, and Srimad Bhagavad: Amongst the sacred texts belonging to Lord Vishnu, Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu Puran, and Srimad Bhagavad occupy a very important place. Bhagavad Gita is a part of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharatha. It is consists of the conversion that happened between Lord Krishna and Arjun on the battlefield. Vishnu Puran, containing the stories of the avatars of Lord Vishnu and his devotees, is one of the 18 primary Puranas. Srimad Bhagavad is another sacred text of great importance; it predominantly has the life history of Lord Krishna, an important avatar of Vishnu. Reading these three texts or at least any of these three on Vaikuntha Ekadashi will please Lord Vishnu.
Go to a Vishnu Temple: Temples are sacred powerspots that radiate divine energy. India has several temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his avatars. Many of these temples were built many centuries before and prove to be a spiritual dynamo. If possible, you can visit any of the old, sacred Vishnu temples or else at least a newly built Vishnu temple on this day. Some of the very important Vishnu temples are Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Sri Rangam Rangathaswamy temple, Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple, Madurai Kallazhagar temple, Puri Jagannath temple, Pandharpur Vittobha temple, Badrinath temple, Guruvayur Krishna temple, Thiruvananthapuram Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple, Chennai Parthasarathy temple, and much more.
Fasting: Fasting is a popular Hindu custom and cleanses your body, mind, and soul. Fasting is done in several ways, as listed below.
1. Skipping food and water for the whole day
2. Skipping only food for a whole day
3. Skipping only a single meal
4. Avoiding cooked foods and eating only fruits or
5. Taking only Milk and Tulsi Water.
Fasting on Vaikuntha Ekadashi is very significant; it is believed that fasting on Vaikunta Ekadasi is equivalent to fasting on the remaining 23 Ekadashis in the Hindu Calendar. You can choose any way of fasting depending on your health.
Remaining Awake: Like Maha Shivaratri, staying awake during Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also a generally followed practice. A devotee can connect with the divine vibes of Lord Vishnu by staying awake on this day. While staying awake, the devotees sing divine hymns, read stories of Lord Vishnu and play the Snake and Ladder game.
Performing rituals: Garland the portrait of Lord Maha Vishnu and light a diya and dhoop. If you have a statue of Lord Vishnu, you can perform abhiseka (hydration) using milk, curd, rose water, sandal paste, and fruit juice. You may place milk, fruits, sweets, and sattvic food as an offering for the Lord.
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