No Vaikuntha Ekadashi in 2024
Vaikuntha Ekadashi falls during the solar month of Dhanur in the Hindu calendar. The month of Dhanur or Dhanurmasa is known as the month of Margaji in the Tamil calendar. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi between two Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksh Ekadashis in one month. Vaikuntha Ekadashi observed according to the solar calendar and because it falls to Margashirsha or Pausha in the Hindu lunar calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, there may be none, one or two Vaikuntha Ekadashis in a year.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi Advantages: Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi. It is believed that Vaikuntha Dwaram or the door of the Lord’s inner sanctuary opens on this day and that the devotees who observe fast in Vaikuntha Ekadashi attain salvation will go to Heaven.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is a very important festival in Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi in the Malayalam.
Parana means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana is made after dawn the day after Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to make Parana within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi ends before dawn. Do not make Parana inside Dwadashi is similar to an offense.
Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara. We must wait until Hari Vasara arrives before breaking the fast. Hari Vasara is initially a fourth run of Dwadashi Tithi. The most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal. One should avoid breaking the fast during Madhyahna. If for some reason one can not break the fast during the Pratahkal, one must do it after Madhyahna.
Sometimes the fasting of Ekadashi is suggested for two consecutive days. It is advisable that Smartha with the family should observe fasting on the first day only. The alternative fast of Ekadashi, which is the second, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When the alternative fast of Ekadashi is suggested for Smartha, it coincides with the fasting day of Vaishnava Ekadashi.
The fast of Ekadashi of the two days is suggested for faithful devotees who seek the love and affection of Lord Vishnu.