Friday, December 11, 2015

Vaikunta Ekadasi / Swargavathil Ekadasi

Swargavathil Ekadasi or Vaikunta Ekadasi is the eleventh day in the waxing phase of the Lunar cycle in the Malayalam month of 'Dhanu' (Margazhy in Tamil) which usually will be in December every year.This auspicious day is observed with great devotion to Lord Vishnu by all Hindus in India especially from South Indian States.There are 108 very famous 'Maha Vishnu' temples in India which are known as the abodes of Lord Vishnu, and most of these temples are situated in Tamil Nadu,Andhra Pradesh,Kerala etc and in such temples 'Vaikunta Ekadasi' is celebrated in a grand manner.
It is believed that on this day the 'Door of the Heaven' will be opened for all those who prays to  the Lord Maha Vishnu.Symbolically there is a door in all famous Maha Vishnu temples which is called as 'Swarga Vathil' (in Malayalam), and also as 'Paramapada Vasal' , 'Vaikunta Dwaram' etc which will be opened only on this day in an year and allows devotees to go through it.Devotees who pass  through 'Vaikunta Dwaram' (Swarga Vathil')  will attain 'Moksham' (Salvation) is the belief.Those who prays to Lord Vishnu with deep devout on this day  could also attain salvation and hence people observe 'Vaikunta Ekadasi' which is known as 'Swargavathil Ekadasi' in Kerala and 'Mukkoti Ekadasi' in some other places.This day is also famous as 'Mokshada Ekadasi' which helps free the soul from taking rebirths.

There are twenty four Ekadasi days in an year and it is the eleventh day which comes after 'New Moon' and 'Full Moon' and hence two Ekadasi are there in every month.On this day it is believed that Lord Vishnu killed an 'Asura' by name 'Mura' who was possessing several magical powers who used to torture humans and celestial beings.He was hiding in a paddy grain when Maha Vishnu set out to kill him.Many ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu and most of the 'Vaishnavites' observe fasting on all the twenty four Ekadasi days in an year which will provide blessings and favours from the Lord.
Many people observe fasting only on the 'Vaikunta Ekadasi Day' due to their hectic life style now a days.
For observing Vaikunta Ekadasi the devotees has to wake up early morning and has to take bath.Then they lights up an oil lamp and prays to Lord Vishnu.Reciting 'Vishnu Sahasra Namam' etc and/or chanting 'Om Namo Narayana'  are usually done.Visit a nearby Vishnu temple or any other temple if possible.Chant 'Om Namo Narayanaya' as many times as possible during the day and night on Swargavathil Ekadasi.Complete 'Upavasam'(fasting) is performed for 24 hours by deep devotees who are able to do it.

People who are having health problems need not do complete fasting and have to  consult a doctor prior to that.Some devotees just  avoids  rice on 'Ekadasi days' but consume other foods.Some others eat only one time meal and they also avoid rice.Only vegetarian food should be eaten if food is a must  and keep away from all worldly pleasures.Evening also they have to take bath and do the prayers.Visit nearby temple and participate in the rituals if possible.Keeping awake at night is followed by deep devotees.Next day morning after daily bath and morning prayers  by drinking holy water the observance can be stopped.In many Vishnu temples there will be special 'Pooja' and other rituals on this day.In most of these temples there will be  stage programs arranged during night  which helps the devotees to keep awake the whole night.
At Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvanathapuram, 'Swargavathil Ekadasi' is highly auspicious.All the lights will be lit on this day in and around the temple.Large number of devotees attend the rituals and pass through the 'Swarga Vathil' which opens on that day in this temple.
At temples like 'Thirupathi Sree Venkitachalapathy Swamy  temple' , 'Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple' Sreerangam,'Aadi Kesava Perumal temple' Kanyakumari district etc devotees throng in large numbers to attend the 'Pooja' rituals on Vaikunta Ekadasi day.
This year 'Vaikunta Ekadasi/ Swargavathl Ekadasi' is on 21st December 2015.  


  1. Nice Temple in kerala.On this auspicious day performMargazhi Special Ritual to get the blessings of 10 avataras of Lord Mahavishnu

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