Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 28th 2009

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 28th 2009. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Vaikunda Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

Orthodox Madhwa people in South India observe complete fasting on ordinary Ekadashi day. For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day

No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important. Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk.

So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

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 you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can from fasting. Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also.

It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

If you can’t fast completely here are some quick and simple recipes you can choose from on Ekadashi day:

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Suma on December 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Bisibele avalakki is another good ‘ekadashi’ thindi. Add avalaki instead of rice and you can also skip thogari bele. Use potato, cucumber, and tomatoes as vegetables.
    Suma.

    Suma, never done Bisibele avalakki. I sure have to try this.

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  2. Ekadashi should be a complete surrender physically,mentally towards god,almighty.
    Health wise also doctors say to abstain from food once in fifteen days which improves the metabolic rate.

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  4. Posted by Archana on December 29, 2008 at 7:37 am

    hi
    first of all wish you and your family a very very happy new year.well,thanks a lot for a wonderful recepie that can be prepared during ekadeshi.i will surely try before ekadeshi so that ican become an expert and every ekadeshi my family should remember me for that wonderful recepie.thanks meera.
    once again happy new year.

    Thanks Archana. You sure will become an expert.

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  5. Hi
    I came across your blog while looking for mahalakshmi ashtakam lyrics…excellent job…also many thanks for reminding me about vaikunta ekadashi…completely forgot about it…keep up the good work.

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  6. Wow! First of all good blog Meera….but plz plz…no food of any sort on Ekadashi…It does not matter if u use avalakki instead of rice……no liquids or solids on Ekadashi… and especially on putrada ekadashi…..Men during Sandhavandane will have a bit of water and nothing else…..ir-respective of health….

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  7. Posted by Poornima on December 28, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Hi, I came across this site when searching for the food that i can eat on Ekadasi….was good
    to see the food items as well as the recipies also.
    Thanks for posting.

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