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Vaikunta Ekadashi-Karnataka

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The in Karnataka Vaikunta Ekadashi, occurs in the Hindu calendar month of Marghazhi or Margashira or Margasirsa (corresponding to late December - January in English calendar). Vaishnavism (Worship of Lord Vishnu) culture believes that ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to Lord's Inner Sanctum’ is opened on this day. The Margashirsha shukla paksha ekadashi in lunar calendar is known as a 'Mokshada Ekadashi'. People also know that as a vaikuntaekadashi. However vaikunta ekadashi in Sri Rangam Temple (Tamilnadu) is in the solar margashira month (Margazhi).


According to Puranas, Lord Vishnu opened the gate of Vaikuntam (his abode) for two demons in spite of them being against the Lord. They also asked for the boon that those listen to their story and see the image of Lord coming out of the Dwar called Vaikunth Dwar(Doors of Heaven) they reach Vaikunth as well! Temples all over the India makes a door kind of structure on this day for devotees to pass through that.

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, Oh Lord Sri Krishna, O glorious son of Vasudeva, please be merciful to me and describe the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna .Lord Sri Krishna replied, Oh Yudhisthira, Oh king of kings, gladly I shall tell you about this great fast, known as Vijaya Ekadasi. Whoever observes it certainly achieves success in this life and the next. All the sins of one who fasts on this Ekadasi and hears its sublime glories are eradicated.

Narada Muni once asked lord Brahma, who sits on a lotus flower about the Vijaya Ekadasi. Sri Narada said, Oh best of all the demigods, kindly tell me the merit one can achieve by faithfully observing Vijaya Ekadasi.'Narada's great father then replied, My dear son, this oldest of fasting days is pure, and it nullifies all sins. I have never revealed this to anyone until today, but you can understand beyond any doubt that this Ekadasi bestows the result indicated .

Location info:

Address:Karnataka,India
District: Karnataka,India
Celebrate Time:january to february

Climate/Weather:

During winter temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius,Summer Average temperature is 34 degrees Celsius

History:

According to Puranas, Lord Vishnu opened the gate of Vaikuntam (his abode) for two demons in spite of them being against the Lord. They also asked for the boon that those listen to their story and see the image of Lord coming out of the Dwar called Vaikunth Dwar(Doors of Heaven) they reach Vaikunth as well! Temples all over the India makes a door kind of structure on this day for devotees to pass through that.


According to Vishnu Purana, fasting on Vaikunta Ekadashi is holier to fasting on the remaining 23 Ekadashis of the (Hindu) year. However according to Vaishnava tradition fasting is mandatory on all Ekadashi of both Sukla paksha and Krishna paksha.In the Padma Purana, the female energy of Lord Vishnu slayed demon Muran in the form of a damsel named “Ekadashi” and protects `Devas'. Hence those who worship `Ekadashi' on the day of her victory over Muran would reach `Vaikunth' (His abode).In Mahabarata, Bhagavad Gita - the Gita Upadesh between Lord Krishna and Arjuna at the beginning of Kurukshetra War is said to have occurred on this day.

Importance:

The temples of Karnataka are decorated in typical traditional style during the Karnataka Temple Festivals. These festivals are usually performed by the temple priests; however sometimes priests of higher status are invited to perform the greater rituals. Yajna is an important part of the Karnataka Temple Festivals. Vaikunta Ekadashi is a temple festival in Karnataka that occurs in the calendar month of Marghazhi or Margashira, usually in the winter months. Ganesha Chaturthi is a popular Karnataka temple festival, celebrated on the day Lord Ganesha resurrected to life on earth with the head of elephant. This festival is observed in the lunar month of bhadrapada, shukla paksha chathurthi and lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.


Method of Celebration:

Restricted Foods on Ekadasi:
Tomatoes, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, beets, bitter melon (karela), loki, parmal, toroi, kunli, drumsticks, bindi (ladies' fingers) and banana flowers.Peas, chickpeas and all types of beans, including products made from beans (e.g., papadams, tofu, tempeh).All leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, salads, cabbages) and leafy herbs like parsley, coriander leaves, celery and curry leaves


Grains (e.g. millet, barley, farina, pasta, rice, corn) and all types of flour made from grains and beans (e.g., rice flour, chickpea flour, urad dahl flour).Starches from corn or grains, and products made from or mixed with these starches like baking soda, baking powder, certain soft drinks with corn syrup, custard, certain yoghurts and puddings, certain varieties of cream and cottage cheese, certain sweets and candies, and tapioca balls.

Culture of Festivities:

Ekadashi is the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month—the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. Its observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. In the Rig-veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual, the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka.On the Ekadashi day the sun and the moon influence the human mind to attain high levels of concentration and meditation. Hence, Seekers and Yogis take advantage of these two days and try to practise deep meditation. Vaishnavas treat Ekadasi as a very holy day and also observe a fast on that day

The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast, abstinence from diet. There is really no intrinsic connection between fast and meditation, but there is some advantage in keeping the body light and the stomach free from excessive metabolic function.Thus the observance of Ekadasi has many advantages—physical, astral, spiritual—and because this day has connection with the relation of the mind with its abode together with the moon, you feel mysteriously helped in your meditation and contemplation,—mysteriously because you cannot know this consciously.

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