"Stepping Into Divine Bliss: Vaikunta Ekadasi 2022 - A Spiritual Journey Awaits!"

"Discover Vaikunta Ekadasi 2022, a significant Hindu festival celebrated with devotion, marking the door to Lord Vishnu's heavenly abode opening."

"Stepping Into Divine Bliss: Vaikunta Ekadasi 2022 - A Spiritual Journey Awaits!"

As a follower of Hinduism, Vaikunta Ekadasi holds a special place in my heart and faith. This auspicious day, observed on the 'ekadasi' or 11th day of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in the month of 'Margashirsha' in the Hindu calendar, roughly aligns with December or January in the Gregorian calendar. In 2022, Vaikunta Ekadasi falls on the 13th of January.

Vaikunta Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism, and his abode, Vaikuntha. On this day, devotees fast, offering their prayers to Lord Vishnu, seeking his divine blessings. It is believed that observing a fast on this day paves the way to Vaikuntha, the heavenly abode of the Lord, freeing one from the cycle of birth and death.

In the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, Vaikunta Ekadasi is grandly celebrated in Vishnu temples, particularly in the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu. The ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to heaven’ is opened on this day. It is believed that passing through this gate will lead to salvation or ‘Moksha’.

On Vaikunta Ekadasi, devotees recite the Vishnu Sahasranamam and other Vedic texts, sing devotional hymns, and listen to stories and discourses on Lord Vishnu. Special ‘Poojas’ and rituals are performed in temples, and prasad, an offering to the gods, usually sweet, is distributed among devotees.

The importance of Vaikunta Ekadasi also finds mention in the Padma Purana, one of the eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of ancient Indian scriptures. It narrates the conversation between Lord Krishna and Yudhishthira, where Krishna explains the significance of observing a fast on this day.

As we approach Vaikunta Ekadasi 2022, let us prepare to pay homage to Lord Vishnu, observe the fast, engage in devotional activities, and strive for spiritual growth, peace, and harmony.