Vaikunta Ekadasi is the special day for Lord Vishnu, which is ideal for seeking spiritual enlightenment. This is also the day, when Lord Vishnu keeps his doors to ‘Vaikunta’ or his heavenly abode open for his beloved devotees. Express your love for Vishnu by doing these five very important things on his special day of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi’ to appease him and connect with the Supreme Lord. Keep a fast As it is an Ekadasi day, it is beneficial to both your body and mind to observe fasting for Lord Vishnu. You can observe a strict fast or choose to consume only fruits and milk on this day. Apart from satiating your spiritual needs, a fast can also help detoxify your body and purify your senses. To understand the do’s & don’ts of the Vaikunta Ekadasi day, read our full article.
Chant ‘Hare Krishna Maha Mantra’ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Chant this mantra at least 108 times using a jap-mala (rosary) to praise Lord Vishnu on the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi. The chanting not only paves an easy way towards spiritual realization, but also helps you to stay focused on your fasting. This Hare Krishna Maha Mantra has a special mention in Vedic scripture - Kali-santarana Upanishad. It is also believed that chanting this mantra is an excellent and easiest method to connect with Lord Krishna in this Kali Yuga. It purifies our mind, dissolves our sorrows and helps us attain spiritual bliss. Make a visit to Lord Vishnu’s Temple On this special day, you can pay a visit to any nearby temple of Lord Vishnu or his Avatars (incarnations). All the Vishnu temples conduct celebration on this day with special decoration of entrance called Vishnu Dwara. It is believed that those who pass through this entrance on this day shall attain Moksha or salvation and reach Vaikunta, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu. You can also decorate the idols of Lord Vishnu or his avatars’ idols at your home and offer special prayers to the Lord along with your loved ones. Read the Sacred Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita is a highly recommended sacred text to connect with Lord Vishnu on his special day of Vaikunta Ekadashi. As Gita is directly preached by Lord Krishna himself, this is the ideal day to read verses from the sacred text and seek his divine blessings. Hence, spend some time in reading the Lord’s priceless words in the form of Bhagavad Gita and understand their inner meaning. Perform Special Rituals for Lord Vishnu On the sacred day of Vaikunta Ekadashi, AstroVed will be performing special rituals for Lord Vishnu. To know more about these rituals and participate in them, click here