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Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2024: Meaning, Dates, Timing, Story, Vrat Katha, Puja Vidhi & Mantra

Vaikunta Ekadashi festival is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. It was on this day that during the 'Samudra Manthan' (churning of the Milk Ocean), 'Amrit' (nectar) emerged out of the ocean and was distributed to the demigods. The Hindus consider this day very auspicious and it is believed that those who die on this day are freed from the rounds of birth and death; they directly reach Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

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All the gods headed by Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva assemble on this day in Vaikuntam, the Divine and Holy Abode of Lord Vishnu. Hence this Ekadashi is called as Vaikunta Ekadashi or Mukkoti (Mukkoti = 3 crore) Ekadashi.

In this Kali Yuga, even if just one Ekadashi is observed with dispassion, faith and devotion, and if the mind is wholly fixed on Hari, one is freed from the rounds of birth and death. The scriptures give us their assurance on this point.

Devotees have to fast on this day and have to do Hari Japa, Hari nama sankeerthana, Sri Vishnu Sahasranaama paarayana with Sri Laxmi ashtothara. Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruits and milk. The saastraas are clearly stating that

SHIVAAYA VISHNU ROOPAAYA || SHIVA ROOPAAYA VISHNAVE||
i.e., there is no difference between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

No rice should be taken on Ekadashi days. This is very important. The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, 'O Lord! Now give me an abode to dwell.' Brahma replied, 'O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.' For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If one observes the Ekadashi fast regularly, Lord Hari is propitiated. All sins are destroyed. The mind is purified. Devotion gradually develops. Love for God becomes intense. Orthodox people in South India observe complete fasting and vigil even on ordinary Ekadashi days. For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day.

Benefits of Fasting: