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2014-2015 Ekadashi Dates

Ekadashi dates for Jaya Nama Samvatsara 2014-2015 based on Uttaradi Mutt. I will add this to list of important dates in 2014-2015 as well. Check your local calendar before fasting.

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Update – Vaikunta Ekadashi – Jan 11th 2014

January 11th 2014 is Vaikunta Ekadashi.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 11th 2014. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

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.

Updated: Gita Jayanthi – December 12th/13th 2013

The Shukla Ekadashi prior to Vaikuntha Ekadashi was the day when Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

P.S: The SSVT temple lists December 12th as Ekadashi and Gita Jayanthi. However, the Uttaradi Mutta lists it as 13th. So, please verify the dates at the country you reside in.

Tapta Mudra Dharana On Prathama Ekadashi

My Mom, Dad and Grandmother (Mysore Ajji) all had Mudra Dharana in Mysore. Mom is taking care of Ajji for a week. I just visited the Mantralaya website after work, and found amazing pictures of people getting Tapta Mudra Dharana on account of Prathama Ekadashi.

Below is the link for the same.

March 2013 – Important Dates

Here are some important dates in March 2013. Mark your calendars.

  • March 8th – Ekadashi

  • March 10th – Shivarathri

  • March 11th – Amavasya

  • March 19th – Birthday of Sree Raghavendra Swamy

  • March 23rd – Ekadashi

  • March 27th – Holi Festival /Hunnime

  • March 29th – Sri Sudeendra Tirthara Aradhana (Sri Raghavendra Swamy’s gurugalu), Phalguna Bahula Dwitiya, @ Anegondi(Navavrundavana)

  • March 30th – Sree Vadirajara Aaradhane

  • March 31st – Ranga Panchami

  • March 31st- Sri Vyasaraja Tirthara Aradhana, Phalguna Bahula Chaturthi @ Anegondi(Navavrundavana).

More details will be posted for each and every festival at least a week before.

February 2013 – Important Dates

Here are some important dates in February 2013. Mark your calendars.

  • 6th – Ekadashi

  • 17th – Ratha Sapthami

  • 19th – Madhwa Navami

  • 21st – Ekadashi

  • 25th – Hunnime – Poornima

More details will be posted for each and every festival at least a week before.

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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