Vaikunta Ekadashi is also called Mukkoti Ekadashi and on this day the gate of Lord Vishnu’s inner sanctum is opened. The energies of the lord are very close to earth on this day. Therefore observing fast on this day helps attain salvation and purifies all sins. In temples of Lord Vishnu, special prayers, discourses, speeches and rituals (pujas and homas) are conducted.
The day holds great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, Srirangam Sri Ranganatha Temple and at the Bhadrachalam Temple. In Kerala, it is widely known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi. It is observed during the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi that falls this year on December 19. The time for Vaikunta Dwaram opening is at 4:30AM.
Vedicfolks plans to perform the Narayana Kavacham Homa on the day dedicated to the supreme lord Vishnu which acts as a protective armour against all negative influences.
Gita Jayanthi – The Day When Lord Krishna gifted Great Values of Karma & Dharma to Mankind
Gita Jayanti is an annual commemoration to mark the day when Lord Krishna rendered his most famous advice to Prince Arjuna who hesitated to fight with his own people. Lord Krishna on this day made the prince realise the truth of life based on certain philosophies of Karma and Dharma and thus was born one of the world’s greatest scripture, the Gita. This year, Gita Jayanthi falls on December 19 and is being observed along with Vaikunta Ekadasi. The Bhagavad Gita eliminates ignorance, grants knowledge, inner strength and teaches the importance of action – to perform duties without expecting results.
Narayana Kavacham - Get Divine Protection for All Misfortunes
Narayana Kavacham literally means the armour of Lord Narayana, a form of Lord Vishnu. 'Nara' refers to all humans or all living entities for that matter and 'ayana' means progress. So, the progress of all living beings back to their origin i.e. Narayana is considered to be the purpose of life. Due to the elevated awareness and the ability to distinguish truth from non-truth, or the eternality (atma) from matter, human beings especially, have the opportunity to return to Vaikunta Narayana's abode. The Narayana Kavacham acts as a protective shield to those befallen with misfortunes, oppression, tension, diseases, panic/alarm, negative influences of the planet or any other social impacts etc. The mantras of Narayana Kavacham are so powerful that elements will bow down before the person who chants the mantras. It calls upon all forms of Lord Vishnu to protect the devotee from sinful enemies, evil spirits and severe diseases. It pleads with the lord to protect him from offenses of not paying obeisance to murtis (idols) in temples, shortcomings of service and bondage of karmas. It grants protection while a person is travelling, negative thoughts and deeds and dangerous places. In fact, the Narayayana Kavaccha Homam protects you from all directions.
Grants Colossal Success & Immeasurable Material Assets
The Narayana Kavacham Homa on Vaikunta Ekadasi gives immense protection against all negative influences. A person gets invincible powers from Sriman Narayana himself. The mantras of Narayana Kavacham were given to Lord Indra by the supreme deity while in battle with the mighty demon Vritrasura. Just as Lord Indra became invincible the Narayana Kavacham gives the devotee the power of invincibility, abundant success and prosperity. Performing the homa on the auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi not only fetches blessings of Lord Vishnu but also protects you and family against pitfalls of life.
Bhagavad Gita Homam
Frees You from Rebirth & Helps Achieve the Best of Life
Bhagavad Gita Homam refers to offering of oblations to agni which is accompanied by chanting of verses from the Bhagavad Gita. Only the summary verses of the 18 chapters and the overall ‘phala sthuthi’ of the great scripture will be chanted on the day and homa performed accordingly. Bhagavad Gita consists of mainly of 700 verses that is part of Mahabharata. It was uttered by the divine mouth of Lord Krishna, are very sacred and the ritual is performed to achieve the very essence of Bhagavad Gita. The homa is very suitable on its Jayanthi day because it’s on this day that lord delivered the heavenly message. The ritual frees you from the cycle of birth and death, mortality and reincarnation and grants ultimate liberation – Moksha. It’s especially auspicious to conduct this homa after the death of loved ones for their souls to rest in peace.
The Beneficial Aspects of Bhagavad Gita Homa
Other Rare Combination of Rituals For The Day
Dwarapalaka Puja - Wash Out Perils & Problems
This ritual is performed to the two gatekeepers of Vaikunta, Jaya and Vijaya and who are great devotees of lord Vishnu. They were cursed by Lord Brahma’s ‘manasputras’ the Sanatkumaras because they didn’t allow them to meet Lord Vishnu. The lord who came to know their predicament said that it would take all seven births to relieve them of the curse or they should be born as Vishnu’s enemies for three births and be killed by the lord. They preferred to be born for three births and were reborn as demons. They finally reached Vaikunta and continue their duties as gatekeepers of heaven. Most Vaishavite temples portray the idols of Dwarapalakas Jaya and Vijaya. By worshipping the Dwarapalakas, one can escape from grave unforeseen dangers, attain Moksha and get blessings of Lord Vishnu.
Sowbhagya Lakshmi Puja - Ensures Plethora, Perfect Destiny
Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Narayana. And it is only befitting to worship her when her consort is being invoked. She is the goddess of plethora, perfect destiny and endless wealth. She brings good luck and all types of ‘aishwaryam’ to the devotee. A puja to Soubhagya Lakshmi fetches multiple fortunes and all that a devotee can ask for.
Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam - Improves Economic Status, Overcomes Bad Luck
Vishnu Sahasranamam Parayanam is the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu, one of the trinity gods of Vedic pantheon. The chanting negates the negative effects of planets, overcomes bad luck and curses, invites good luck and fortune. One can lead a happy, contented life by knocking off financial losses and poor economic status.
Sudarshana Chakra Puja - Keeps Malice in Check
The Sudarshana chakra or the auspicious weapon was created by the combined power of the trinities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is the ultimate weapon for law, order and destroying the enemy.The Sudarshana chakra revolves like the universe that exhibits the will to multiply. It also represents supreme power and the burning circle signifies divine power of illusion. It has the ability to eliminate ignorance, black magic and destroy enemies. People worship the chakra to remove affliction or to release them from mental trauma. It helps atone for sins and grants Moksha. A puja to this great weapon destroys all types of sufferings and evil energies like Bhooth, Brahmarakshas, Pishach, Chathan, Mohini etc.
Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple Puja - Breaks Marriage Barriers & Grants Prosperity Aplenty
Considered one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu, the deity of the temple presents Himself in standing form. His consort, Goddess Vaibhava Lakshmi also appears showering riches and prosperity to all. A puja in this divine temple breaks all barriers that prevent marriage, grants immense prosperity and fulfills all desires of devotees.
Energised Bhagavad Gita - Relieves You from Three-Fold Miseries of Life
The energised Bhagavad Gita is a great treasure to possess. Read the Gita everyday to imbibe its divine knowledge, invite prosperity, remove negative effects of black magic, and gain freedom from three fold miseries of life — adhyatmika, adhidaivika, ahibhautika. Make life successful with goal of achieving Moksha by reading this sacred book every day.
Sacred Vishnu Pada - Drives Away Sins of Past, Present & Future
Worshipping the divine feet of the lord is equal to worshipping the lord himself. The miniature feet is engraved with all the weapons of the lord including the lotus and hence is considered very sacred. A puja to the pada drives away sins of the past, present and future and ushers in all the blessings of good lord.