Derived from Sanskrit, 'Ekadasi,' translating to 'eleven,' holds special importance in the Hindu Lunar calendar, observed on the 11th day of each fortnight. Among the various rituals, Ekadasi fasting stands out as a profoundly significant practice.

Significance of Vaikunda Ekadasi

Vaikunda Ekadasi carries a sacred aura rooted in Hindu mythology. Legend has it that during the churning of the milky ocean, known as Sagar Manthan, this auspicious day played a pivotal role. The event led to the emergence of divine nectar, distributed among the gods. It is believed to possess powerful cleansing properties, impacting one's spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Devotees of Lord Vishnu find immense peace by celebrating this day and observing fasting.

Vaikunda Ekadasi Fasting

Dedicated followers of Vishnu engage in complete fasting on this sacred occasion, often staying awake throughout the night to recite holy Vishnu mantras such as Vishnu Ashtottaram and Vishnu Sahasranamam Stotram. While some opt for full fasting, others undertake partial vrat, sustaining on fruits and milk.

Traditional rice-based food items are avoided on this day. As per Padma Purana, worshipping Vishnu during Vaikunda Ekadasi is believed to pave the way for Moksha, offering devotees a path to eternal bliss.

Source / Image Credit : Samayam Telugu , Hindustan Times