Vaikuntha Chaturdasi – Vaikunda Chaturdashi Upvas

Vaikuntha Chaturdasi is observed on the 14th day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month. The day is dedicated to relationship of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva gifted the Sudarshana Chakra to Lord Vishnu on this day. Vaikuntha Chaturdasi 2014 date is November 5.

Legend has it that Lord Vishnu one day decided to visit Lord Shiva who was residing at Kashi. Lord Vishnu collected 1000 lotus flowers from Manasarovar to offer it on the Shivaling at Kashi by reciting the 1000 names of Shiva.

After collecting the flowers from Manasarovar in the Himalayas, Lord Vishnu reached Kashi and was warmly welcomed by Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu then began to offer the flowers one by one to the Shivling at Kashi. He chanted a name of Lord Shiva and offered one lotus flower.

Lord Vishnu was fully absorbed in the process and Lord Shiva decided to test Him and removed one lotus flower that Lord Vishnu had brought and hid it.

Lord Vishnu chanted the 1000th name of Shiva and when he looked for the 1000th lotus flower it was missing.

Immediately Lord Vishnu realized that He is known to his devotees as Kamalakanan – the lotus eyed. So he offered one of his eyes instead of the last Lotus.

Shiva was moved by this devotion of Lord Vishnu and immediately hugged Vishnu and thus restoring his eye.
Lord Shiva then presented the Sudarshana Chakra to Vishnu to fight evil and accepted him as the supreme commander of the three worlds and one who sustains all living and nonliving beings.

Lord Vishnu and Shiva are worshipped on the day and people observe Vaikunda Chaturdashi Upvas. Some people opt for a fast from sunrise to sunset.