Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed on the ekadashi of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Pausha in the Hindu calendar.
This day is auspicious for the devotees of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Vaikuntha Dwar, the gateway to Lord Vishnu’s abode, opens on this day.
It is also believed that a person who keeps fast on Vaikuntha Ekadashi will reach the Vaikuntha.
On this day, special prayers, discourses, speeches and yagnas are organized at the temples of Lord Vishnu.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2023 Date: January 2, Monday.
Ekadashi Tithi Begins: January 01, 2023 7:12 PM.
Ekadashi Tithi Ends: January 02, 2023 8:23 PM.
Parana Time (Fast Breaking Time): January 03, 7:12 AM – January 03, 9:20 AM.
Rituals: Devotees keep a strict fast on the day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi. Devotees, who are not capable to fast completely, can have fruits and milk.
Special prayers are offered to Lord Vishnu and the observer of this vrat is engaged in ‘Japa’ and ‘Dhyana’.
On the night of Vaikuntha Ekadashi, devotees stay awake and spend time listening stories and singing bhajans in praise of Lord Vishnu.
Devotees in large number visit Lord Vishnu temples in the evening.
Significance: Devotees perform the Vaikuntha Ekadashi fast to be liberated from their sins and attain salvation.