Vaikunta Ekadashi at Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Vaikunta Ekadashi is observed in the Dhanur Masam as per traditional Telugu calendar at Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple in Andhra Pradesh. In 2015, Vaikunta Ekadashi at Bhadrachalam Temple is on December 21. The 21 day Ekadasi program begins on December 22, 2015  and ends on January 1, 2016. Teppotsavam is on December 20, 2015. The festival is popularly known as Mukkoti Ekadasi and attracts more than hundred thousand devotees from India and abroad.

The festival is observed on the Shudda Ekadasi – the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon – in Pushya or Margasira month which falls during the Dhanurmasam.

Vaikunta Ekadasi is a 21-day festival at Bhadrachalam Devasthanam and is known as Adhyayanotsavams. Another highlight of the 22-day festival is the Dasavatara Mahatosavams, or the celebration of the 10-incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Dasami, the day a before Ekadasi, is popularly known as Teppotsavam or boat festival. Lord Rama and Mata Sita are taken in a boat around the Godavari River.

On the Vaikunta Ekadasi day, the main highlight is the opening of the Vykuntha Dwarams at Northern Gate of the temple at the early morning hours. This door is only opened on this particular day and the popular belief is that passing through this door will ttain Moksha.

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