Vaikuntha Ekadashi observed during Dhanur solar month in Hindu calendar, this year it is falls on December 29. However, in Tamil Calender Dhanur month or Dhanurmasa is known as Margazhi month. Out of two Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha Ekadashis, the Vaikuntha Ekadashi is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi. It is celebrated according to Solar Calendar and due to which, it might fall either in Margashirsha or in Pausha month in Hindu Lunar calendar. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is also known as Mukkoti Ekadashi, as people believe that by observing fast on this day they will get Vaikunth Dham after Death. Devotees believed that Vaikuntha Dwaram or the gate of Lord’s inner sanctum is opened on this day and who follow the rituals of Vaikuntha Ekadashi attain salvation by going to Heaven. So, these believe make Vaikuntha Ekadashi more significant for them.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated as a very important day in the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. Moreover, in Malayalam Calendar it is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi and followed by people of Kerala.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi Tithi and Time:
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 01:46 PM on December, 29, 2017
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 11:24 PM on December, 29, 2017
Vaikuntha Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi:
Parana means breaking the fast or Vrat, which is done after sunrise on next day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi fast. It is necessary to do Parana within Dwadashi Tithi according to the hindu calendar.
Parana should not be done during Hari Vasara which is first one-fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi. Many of the Devotees wait for Hari Vasara to breaking their fast. Also, the most preferred time to break the fast is Pratahkal as to follow the Vrat Rituals. Devotees should avoid Parana during Madhyahna to get Vikunth Dham. But, if due to some reasons anyone can’t able to break the fast during Pratahkal then they can open their fast after Madhyahna.