Chanting of Vedic hymns marks the occasion
Serpentine queues seen at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Labbipet
It is widely believed that the gates to heaven open on Vaikunta Ekadasi
VIJAYAWADA: Vedic hymns, rituals and special pujas marked the Vaikunta Ekadasi, the festival seeking the blessing of Lord Mahavishnu, in various temples in city and district on Monday. The break of dawn saw hundreds of devotees, unmindful of the chilly weather, visiting various temples in city to witness the special rituals solemnised in honour of Lord Venkateswara.
Serpentine queues, stretching up to Chennupati Petrol Bunk, were seen at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Labbipet and the temple premises reverberated with the chants of “Govinda Govinda”.
Like all Ekadasi days, devotees undertook fasting and observed vigil the whole night. Some devotees took part in discourses, meditation and singing of Hari kirtan in temples ion the evening. “Rice is avoided during ekadasi days as it is believed that the demon Mura finds a dwelling in the rice eaten on Ekadasi day,” said a devotee.
Devotees also thronged Sri Sivarama Kshetram at Satyanarayanapuram, Anjaneya temple at Machavram, and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Mangalagiri and Sri Venkateswara swamy temple at Brahmin Street to seek the blessing of the Almighty.
It is widely believed that the gates to the heaven open - the Gate of Vaikuntha - on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day. It is one of the most auspicious days in Lord Vishnu Temples in South India.
The ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven’ is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.