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Vaikunta Ekadasi 11.01.2013
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:42:32 AM »

Today is the Vaikunta Ekadasi day in the current Tamizh year.  Every year there will be 25 Ekadasi days, of which this
is the most important one.  In the early morning by about 3.30 am, after bath, devotees visit Mahavishnu, Rama or Sri
Krishna temples.  In temples the Lord and His consorts are richly adorned with flower garlands and ornaments. He
and His consorts first cross over an entrance which is called Parama Padam (The Greatest State) or Swarga Vasal (the
gateway to heavens) and devotees in large numbers cross over the entrance and symbolically, is said to have reached
Vaikuntam.

This morning, Jaya TV, Bhakti TV (Telugu) and Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (Tirupati) showed the live telecast of
the celebrations in Sri Ranagam, Tiruvallikeni and Tirupati Temples.  The telecast started at 3.00 am. The Swarga Vasal
crossing by the Lord and devotees were at 4.30 am.. The celebrations were quite nice to watch. 

Sri Rangam is called Koil (the Temple) by Vaishnavites.  Among the 108 holy temples (divya desam) this is the first one.
The celebrations were quite rich in this temple.  There were also a large number of devotees.  The araiyars (Vaishnava
priests/singers, were singing songs from the 4000 divine poems.  (NalAyira Divya Prabandham).

All Azhwars (excepting Madhurakavi Azhwar who sang only about his guru Nammazhwar) have sung about this temple.
Tirumangai Azhwar has sung more songs then any other Azhwars.

Andal prayed only to Sri Rangam Narayana and she merged with Him when taken to the temple by her father
Periyazhwar.

I and my wife were watching the same from 3.30 am.         

This Ekadasi and for that matter all Ekadasis are fasting days and one has to keep awake at night.  These two have,
of course, become a little difficult in the modern days. 

This time Vaikunta Ekadasi has fallen on a Saturday, a day most suitable for worship of Narayana. This happens only
once in 15 years, it is said.

Vaikunta Ekadasi is also celebrated in other Vishnu, Rama and Krishna temples but perhaps in a moderate scale.
 
Arunachala Siva.