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Story of Vaikunta Ekadasi

Story of Vaikunta Ekadasi is mentioned in the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran. This happened during the month of Margazhi (Dhanur Masa). Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach ‘Vaikunta’ (heaven).
Like all other Ekadasi days, devotees fast on Vaikunta Ekadasi and observe vigil the whole night. Some people indulge in meditation, Japa and singing of Hari Kirtan.
Rice is avoided during Ekadashi days as it is believed that the demon Mura finds a dwelling in the rice eaten on Ekadasi day.
Vaikunta is a symbolic place. In reality Vaikunta does not reside outside. But it is here in us. Realizing this we attain Vaikunta.

Story of Ravana Trying to Lift Shiva’s Bow and Marry Sita in the Court of Janaka

King Janaka had declared that he will give Sita’s hand in marriage to one who will lift up Shiva’s bow and tie the string. Many princes came and tried but failed. According to folklore in Orissa, Jharkand and Bihar, Ravana too arrived in Mithila and attempted to lift the bow of Shiva.
Ravana was a huge figure and the people of Mithila were amazed by his physical appearance. They believed he would lift up the bow and marry Sita. Filled with pride, Ravana attempted to lift the bow of Shiva. He almost succeeded in lifting the bow. Ravana then looked around and smiled contemptuously. The smile caused his downfall; he lost his balance and fell down with the bow on top of him.
Soldiers attempted to pull out the demon king but they could. They attempted to lift the bow and they could not move it an inch.
Sita who was witnessing the event slowly walked up to Ravana and lifted the bow with one hand and placed it in its spot.
Ravana immediately walked out of the palace and disappeared into the…

Paramapada Ekadasi

Paramapada Ekadasi is observed mainly in temples in South India – especially at TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, SriRanganathaTemple at Srirangam and in numerous other Vishnu Temples in South India. This Ekadasi is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadasi and Mukkoti Ekadasi. In 20187, Paramapada Ekadasi is on December 18.
It is known as the Paramapada Ekadasi because on this day Paramapada Vaasal or the door to the Vaikunta in the sanctum sanctorum of Vishnu temple is open to devotees. This door is also known as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘Swargada Bagilu’ (the gate to the heaven).
Devotees are allowed to pass through the Vaikunta Dwaram on this day. Symbolically the door leads to Vaikunta – the abode of Srihari Vishnu.
This Ekadasi is known as Mukkoti Ekadasi at the Bhadrachalam SriRamaTemple.
Related Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Ranganatha Temple in Srirangam

Mukkoti Ekadashi - Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple Mukkoti Ekadashi in 2018

Mukkoti Ekadasi, dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu, is popularly known as Vaikunta Ekadashi in South India. In 2018, the date of Mukkoti Ekadasi is December 18. Mukkoti Ekadashi is celebrated during Dhanur Masam on the day of either Pushya or Margasira shuddha Ekadasi (December – January) as per Telugu Calendar and is a major event in BhadrachalamTemple in Andhra Pradesh.

The famous Teppotsavam ritual takes place at Bhadrachalam during the period.

The main event on Mukkoti Ekadasi is the Vaikutha Dwara Darshanam – the ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven’ is opened on this day in Vishnu Temples in South India. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the VishnuTemple. Thousands of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta on this day.

Vishnu devotees also fast on the day and keep vigil all night. They avoid all sort of food made of rice.
This Ekadasi is of great importance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple andSrirangam SriRanganathaTemple and and is…