Vaikunta Ekadasi Dwadasi Vaikunta Dwaram
Vaikunta Ekadasi Dwadasi Vaikunta Dwaram at Srivari Temple Tirumala
Vaikunta Ekadasi is very important day at Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. Devotees used to fast for the whole day, starts before sunrise and ends after sunrise on the next day. If someone wants to break the fasting then it should be done after noon hours only.
It is said in PADMA PURANA, that Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy to kill the demon Muran. This happened during the month Margashirsha (Dec – Jan), impressed by ‘Ekadasi’, Lord Maha Vishnu told her that whoever worships hims on this day will reach ‘Vaikuntam’ (Heaven) after life.
Like all Ekadasi days, devotees fast on this day and observe vigil for the whole night. Used to perform Japa, mediation and singing Hari Keerthanas. Rice should be avoided during Ekadasi days as it is believed that the demon Mura finds a dwelling in the rice eaten on Ekadasi day.
It is believed that the doors to the heaven ( Vaikunta Dwaram) opens on Vaikunta Ekadasi day. This is the passsage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta.
Vaikunta Dwaram at Srivari Temple in Tirumala
During Vaikunta Ekadasi and Dwadasi days, devotees will be allowed to pass thru Vaikunta Dwaram after having normal darshan. Usually it will be Maha Laghu Darshan, devotee is allowed to have darshan from the entrance itself (Jaya Vijaya statues). Vaikunta Dwaram is located right opposite to Jambavantha, Angadha,Sugreeva shrine.
Vaikunta Dwaram will be opened for these two days only. Any type of darshan on these days will have Vaikunta Dwaram entry. Vaikunta dwaram will be opened for 24 hours on these days. There is no separate ticket for Vaikunta Dwaram entrance.