Vaikunta Ekadasi 2014: January 11th, IST
The Gateway to Heaven

Vaikunta Ekadasi also spelled as "Vaikuntha Ekadasi" is the name given to the time period of the 11th Waxing Moon that falls in the Tamil month of Margazhi. Vaikunta is the sacred abode of Lord Maha Vishnu, the archetype of the God of Wealth, otherwise known as the God of Maintenance. In the Vedic traditions, Vaikunta is regarded as the ultimate place to enter and rest after one's soul departs from the body. Therefore, it is strongly believed that this is the day to unload all your past deeds and pray for salvation.

The main significance of this coming Vaikunta Ekadasi is that the planet Ketu will be in the 12th sign to the Moon. When Ketu takes position in the 12th sign to the Moon, liberation is assured.

Astrological Significance

On Vaikunta Ekadasi day, the Moon will be in its exalted sign. This Moon and Retro Jupiter will approach each other. The main significance of this coming Vaikunta Ekadasi is that the planet Ketu will be in the 12th sign to the Moon. When Ketu takes position in the 12th sign to the Moon, liberation is assured. This makes Vaikunta Ekadasi 2014 an important event. The planetary placements indicate that observing fast and offering prayers to Lord Vishnu during this day will bless you liberation in this birth.

Twilight in Heaven (Margazhi) Specials

Margazhi Month is the time of the winter solstice when the days are shorter and the nights are longer. This is a divine and highly spiritual month when the mind and soul can turn to the God within. Margazhi or "Twilight in Heaven" is seen as the time the gods rest and when we pray earnestly and sincerely, it has more effect, as the spiritual energy is much more accessible during this time.

Specialty of Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Ekadasi 2014

There are 24 Ekadasis or 11th Moons in a year and "Vaikunta Ekadasi" is the most powerful and looked-forward to by most of the devotees. This is the ideal day to seek for spiritual redemption or rescue from the current confusion and suffering!

There is also a material energy that comes on the 11th Moon - prosperity energy - as Vishnu is the archetypal God of Wealth. Be alert and access the abundance in totality.

Time to Book Your Gate Pass to Heaven - Vaikunta Ekadasi

It is believed that if you celebrate and pray fervently to Lord Vishnu on Vaikunta Ekadasi, the gates to heaven will be kept open when your soul leaves the physical body. Indirectly, you are reserving your gate pass to heaven in advance! Chant the Mantra "Om Namo Narayana" on this power day and also observe fasting on this day to dedicate your fervent prayers to Lord Vishnu!

7 Rituals/Things to Observe on Vaikunta Ekadasi

  • Undertaking Fast
  • Grow a Tulsi plant
  • Drink Tulsi tea
  • Wear a Tulsi mala
  • Chant the mantra - "Om Namo Narayanaya" and worship Yantra
  • Become conscious of your thoughts - conceive of unlimited money
  • Participate in Vaikunta Ekadasi Rituals

The Enchanting Tulsi

The Sacred Tulsi Plant is dedicated to Archetypal Being Vishnu and one must develop their relationship with Tulsi to help in changing the limiting beliefs of their reality. The 'Tulsi' plant or Indian basil is an important symbol in the Vedic tradition. The name 'Tulsi' means "the incomparable one". Looking at, touching, meditating upon, praying to, worshipping, planting or ingesting Tulsi leaves can cleanse one of sins committed in several births. It is said that all deities reside in this plant right from the root to the shoots.

A scientist from the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India found that a person with initial auric field emanating outwards at 2.5m (average) expanded to 6.15 m when standing near to a Tulsi plant. Other studies have shown the Tulsi to greatly minimize the effect of nuclear radiation.

Plant some around your home for protection of negative energy fields (thoughts as well as external sources such as radiation and increased electromagnetism- be sure to strategically place near the microwave, computer and television set). Not only does it neutralize harmful effects by transforming the energies, it forms a protective barrier and emits a positive energy, so use the plant all around your home to create a healthier environment. In Ayurvedic medicine, Tulsi is used for a wide variety of healing remedies as well as preventatives. Drink it in teas, use as a herb in your food, inhale the essential oil, and even wear the malas made from the roots and stalks. The Tulsi mala will increase the strength of your aura as well as reduce your negative limiting thoughts.

Worship Trees on 11th Moon Day

The 10th and 11th tithis are the favorite of the Archetype Lord Vishnu. Sri Rama along with Lakshmana and Sita observed a fast and did pooja during the 10th and 11th tithi. The merits earned through this pooja were offered to sacred plants like gooseberry, vilwa, tulsi and karunelli. So on the auspicious days with dasami and ekadasi, sacred trees and holy plants should be offered and worshipped to reap the benefits.

The Importance of Fasting on Vaikunta Ekadasi

It is believed that a partial or total abstinence from food on Ekadasi is rewarded with bliss. You can also opt for a partial fast by avoiding dishes made out of rice. Doing so keeps you alert in receiving the spiritual energy that comes directly from Lord Vishnu on this most powerful day.

Please Note: This is not advised for people undergoing health problems. However, please consult your physician if you have decided to fast.