Vaikunta Ekadashi is a special Ekadasi. It coincides with Mokasada Ekadasi and PutradaEkadasi, but not every year, and sometimes once a year. It’s generally associated with Shukla Paksha (i.e. 11th lunar day) of the Maghasisha month (Dhanu/Margazhi).
The Vaishnava (Worshipers/Followers of Vishnu) sect believes that ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the Lord’s Inner Sanctum’ is opened on this day.
According to the Vishnu Purana, fasting on Vaikuntha Ekadashi is equivalent to fasting on the remaining 23 Ekadashis of the (Hindu) year. However, according to Vaishnava tradition fasting is mandatory on all Ekadashis of both Shukla paksha and Krishna paksha. Fasting on Ekadashi is considered holier than any other religious observation. Complete Fasting has to be observed on Ekadashi, the 11th day of the Paksha. [1 Paksha = 15 days, One month (maasa) has 2 pakshas in Hindu Lunar Calendar.) That is why the meal on Dwadashi (12th Day) is designed to be wholesome, nutritious, and filling.
Lord Vishnu opened the gate of Vaikuntham (his abode) for two asuras (demons) in spite of their being against him. They also asked for the boon that whoever listens to their story and sees the image of Vishnu coming out of the door called Vaikunth Dwar, will reach Vaikunth as well. Temples all over India make a door kind of structure on this day for devotees to walk through.
- Pavamana parayanam are the auspicious when chanted on every ekadashi & it cleanses oneself from all sins and karmas.
- Pavamana Parayanam or Homam destroy all your sins and past karmas
- This Homam invites purity by cleaning your soul
- It brings prosperity and wellbeing
- It gives peace of mind and success in life
- It helps to attain salvation or moksha