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Vaikunta Ekadasi at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Vaikunta Ekadasi festival is observed at Tirupati Balaji Temple during the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Dhanurmasa – the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in December – January. In 2017, Vaikunta Ekadasi at Tirupati Balaji Temple is on December 29. Vaikunta Dwaram opening time is 4:30 AM on December 29, 2017. The most important ritual on the day is the witnessing of the opening of the door in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple also known as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘Swargada Bagilu’ (the gate to the heaven). Devotees can pass through this door only on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day.

Vaikunta Dwaram as the name indicates is the door to Vaikunta – abode of Srihari Vishnu. The door is opened only on this day.

The utsava murti of Balaji is taken around the Mada Street on Vahanas on this day along with Sridevi and Bhudevi.

The main ritual on this day is the passing through the Vaikunta Dwaram. Apart from this devotees observe fast on the entire Ekadasi day.

Devotees consider it highly meritorious to have darshan of Venkateswara on the day.

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