MADURAI: Braving chillness, hundreds of devotees thronged the Vaishnavite temples in Madurai and surrounding places in the small hours of Monday on the occasion of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi.’
Vaikunta (abode of Lord Vishnu) Ekadasi falls on the 11th day of the Sukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Dhanur (Margazhi) month.
The four famous Vaishnavite shrines that attracted a large number of devotees are Koodal Alagar Perumal Temple and Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Temple in Madurai, Kallalagar Temple at Alagarkoil and Kalamegaperumal Temple at Tirumogur.
Devotees made a beeline at the temples to catch a glimpse of Lord Vishnu coming out of the temple as part of the ritual of entering the ‘Paramapada Vasal.’
The ritual was performed at 5.15 a.m. at Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Temple at Tallakulam and at 5.30 a.m. in Lord Kallalagar Temple at Alagarkoil. In Kalamegaperumal Temple at Tirumogur and Koodal Alagar Perumal Temple, it was performed at around 7 p.m., according to R. Sudarshan, Joint Commissioner (Madurai Region) of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department.
Special arrangements were made in all the temples. Heavy police bandobust was also provided at these temples. Police personnel were deployed to help devotees have a hassle-free darshan.