Vaikuntha Ekadasi celebrated with devotion

Hyderabad:A�Vaikuntha EkadasiA�was celebrated at all major temples in the twoA�Telugu States on Sunday, with religious fervor and devotion. The pilgrim centers witnessed huge rush of devotees who offered special poojas to the deities at the temples.

Special arrangements were made at the temples inA�A�A�Hyderabad, Dharmapuri,A�Warangal, Khammam, Nizamabad, Yadadri, Tirumala, Srisailam, and Mangalagiri for the pilgrims to have darshan of the presiding deities.

Vaikuntha Ekadasi is celebrated in Vaishnava temples all overA�South India.A�It is one of the major festivals celebrated with grandeur amidst the holy chants of theA�Lordsa�� names.

According to mythology,A� A�aA�Vaishnava named Sri Nammalvar was an ardent devotee of the Supreme Lord Vishnu. When he left his body on this Earth, Lord Vishnu himself personally stoodA�at the entrance of Vaikuntham, to receive his devotee.A�To commemorate thisA�event, Vaikuntha Ekadasi is celebrated in the temples every year on that day.

Another legend behind this festivalA�is that every morning,A�A�devatas visit Vaikuntham to greet LordA�Vishnu. One day of demigods is equivalent to one earthly year. Hence every year on this day, door to Vaikuntham is open and Hindu devotees firmly believe that those who pass through the Vaikuntha Dwara on this day would go straight to Vaikuntham after death. -NSS

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