Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2021 Date: November 17 (Wednesday).
Tithi Begins – 09:50 AM on Nov 17, 2021.
Tithi Ends – 12:00 PM on Nov 18, 2021.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi Nishitakal – 11:40 PM to 12:33 AM, Nov 18.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is observed on the 14th lunar day of the waxing moon fortnight (shukla paksha) of the Hindu month of Kartik. The day is sacred to the deities Vishnu and Shiva. They are worshipped individually or together in different temples in Varanasi, Rishikesh, Gaya and Maharashtra.
Although both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped on the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, the devotees perform Puja on two different timings of the day. The devotees of Lord Vishnu prefer Nishitha which is Hindu midnight while the devotees of Lord Shiva prefer Arunodaya which is Hindu dawn for the Puja.
Devotees of Vishnu offer him a thousand lotuses while reciting the Vishnu sahasranama, the thousand names of Vishnu.
On this occasion, Lord Vishnu is given a special place of honour in the sanctum of Kashi Vishwanath temple, a prominent Shiva temple in Varanasi.
The temple is described as Vaikuntha on this day.