Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 17th 2010

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 17th 2010. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu.

Vaikunta 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 get 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.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by vasantharao dusthakar on December 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    sri, informative,useful, and elevating

    Reply

  2. Posted by dhanu on December 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Hello Madam,
    Very interesting article. Keep the good work rolling.

    Reply

  3. Nice Article. Pl mention about the importance of taking Theertha on Ekadasji day.

    Reply

  4. Posted by shwetha on December 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    what is the significance of visiting the adi ranga, madhya ranga and anthara ranga on the holy day of vaikunta ekadashi?

    Reply

  5. nice article.
    now I understand why ekadahy day we are not eating rice

    thanks

    mala d nair

    Reply

  6. This is informic blog and for the first time i understand the importance of Vaikunta Ekadashi…..i visited the tirupati balaji at tirumala 3 years back ……for shree balaji god lovers the good news is that even in state Maharastra the
    Tirupati Temple this beutiful temple is just replica of lord Balaji of Tirupati…so every god balaji-lover must visit this temple once….

    Reply

  7. Posted by Vidhya on December 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Hi,

    Is that we should not sleep and vigil on Friday Night. Please confirm

    Reply

  8. Posted by Vandana on December 16, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Can we take medicines on Ekadasi day.

    Reply

  9. Posted by RAJIV on December 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for info… Very usefull.God bless you all.

    Reply

  10. Posted by punita on December 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    thanks for posting this info. I really wanted to know why rice should not be eaten on ekadashi.
    thanks!

    Reply

  11. Posted by prasanthi on January 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Can you tell me a sloka to join back with my family and getting a good job in India..I have left my son in the care of my mom. since am a single mom. Please help…………

    Reply

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