Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2015 was celebrated in all the major temples of South India on Dec 21, 2015 (Mon). Millions of devotees were blessed by the Supreme Lord Himself to reach Vaikuntha, His own abode.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated in Vaishnava temples all over South India. It is one of the major festivals celebrated with grandeur amidst the holy chants of the Lord’s names. A great Vaishnava Sri Nammalvar was very dear to the Supreme Lord Vishnu. On the day he left his body on this Earth, the Supreme Lord Himself personally stood on the doors of Vaikuntha with His arms open, to receive Him. To commemorate this loving pastime of the Lord, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated in the temples. Another reason behind this festival is that everyday morning devatas visit Vaikuntha to have darshan of Lord Vishnu. One day of demigods is equivalent to one earthly year. Hence every year, Vaikuntha dwara is erected in the temples. Devotees who pass through the Vaikuntha Dwara on this day, go straight to Vaikuntha after death.
Below are the glimpses of Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2015 celebrations in the major temples of South India.
Sri Venkateshwara Temple in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh: Vaikuntha Ekadashi is the main festival of Sri Venkateshwara Temple in Tirumala. The Deities of Lord Malayappa were taken in a procession in the golden chariot around the temple. The temple was decorated with scintillating colorful lights and flowers. Lakhs of devotees thronged to temple for darshan of the Lord and passed through the Vaikuntha Dwara.
Sri Ranganatha Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu: Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam is known to celebrate festivals every day of the year. And Vaikuntha Ekadashi is their one of the main festivals. The utsava vigraha of the Lord also known as Sri Nam Perumal was adorned in Rathanangi (a gold kavacha inlaid with precious stones) and taken in procession to pass through the Vaikuntha Dwara. Thousands of devotees witnessed this event on the auspicious day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2015.
Sri Parthasarthy Temple in Triplicane, Tamil Nadu
Sri Kanchi Varadaraja Temple in Kanchipuram,Tamil Nadu
Sri Prahlada Varadan Temple in Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh
Sri Bindu Madhava Temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Sri Vaikuntha Rama Temple in Bhadrachalam, Andhra Pradesh: Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2015 in Bhadrachalam was a wonderful festival to witness. The utsava vigrahas of Sri Sita Vaikuntha Rama and Lakshmana were taken in pallaki and were offered a grand Kalyanotsava.
Sri Narasimha Temple in Kadiri, Andhra Pradesh8