Vaikunta Chaturdasi at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi

Vaikunta Chaturdasi festival at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is unique as Bhagvan Vishnu is allotted a special place in the temple on the day. Vaikunta Chaturdasi 2014 date is November 5. The belief is that offering prayers on Vaikunta Chaturdasi will help in attaining Vaikunta – symbolically Moksha.

On the day, Shiva and Vishnu are worshipped together. Bel patra or bilva leaves are offered to Vishnu and Tulsi is offered to Shiva on the day.

Devotees offer Gangajal (water from Ganga River), akshat, chandan, flowers, bilva leaves, Tulsi to both Vishnu and Shiva on the day in the temple. The most important offering on the day is earthen lamps and wicks made of cotton.

Please note that the day is also observed as Kashi Vishwanath Pratishta Diwas.