VAIKUNTA EKADASI

VAIKUNTA EKADASI

Monday 6th January 2020

 

Vaikunta Ekadasi is one of the important and auspicious days for Hindus. It is dedicated to Vishnu. It occurs in the Hindu calendar, during the month of “Margazhi” (between December and January). When observed, it bestows liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

According to Padma Purana, the female energy of Vishnu slayed the demon “Muran” and protected the ‘Devas’. This happened on the eleventh day of lunar month during the sun’s journey in the Dhanur Rasi. Impressed by the act, Vishnu names her as ‘Ekadasi’ and gives her the boon that those who worship ‘Ekadasi’ on the day of her victory over Muran would reach ‘Vaikuntam’ (His abode).

The significance of Vaikunta Ekadashi is mentioned in the Padma Purana. The legend says that the Devas, unable to bear the tyranny of ‘Muran’ – a demon, approached Lord Shiva, who directed them to Lord Vishnu. A battle ensued between Vishnu and the demon & Vishnu realized that a new weapon was needed to slay Muran. In order to take rest and create a new weapon, Vishnu retired to a cave for the goddess named Haimavati in Badarikashrama. When Muran tried to slay Vishnu, who was sleeping, the feministic power that emerged from Vishnu burned Muran to ashes with her glance. Vishnu, who was pleased, named the goddess ‘Ekadasi’ and asked her to claim a boon. Ekadasi, instead, beseeched Vishnu that people who observed a fast on that day should be redeemed of their sins. Vishnu thus declared that people who observed a fast on that day and worshipped Ekadasi, would attain Vaikuntam. Thus came into being the first Ekadasi, which was a Dhanurmasa Shukla Paksha Ekadasi.

Programme:

09.00am: Swarga Vaasal Dharsanam
10.30am: Abhishekam, Alankaram & Deeparadhanai for Sri Venkateswara followed by Oonjal Seva.
02.00pm: Kalyana Utsavam

Ritual donations:

Abhishekam: $101
Kalyana Utsavam; $151

All are welcome to participate and seek the blessings of Lord Sri Venkateswara.

Om Namo Narayana! Om Bhagavathe Vasudevaya!! Om Namo Narayana! Om Bhagavathe Vasudevaya!!

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