ISKCON Bangalore is all set for Vaikunta Ekadasi festival on Jan 5th.

Two more days to go for the Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi Celebrations in ISKCON Bangalore. All the Devotees are invited to participate in this festival and make it commemorating. The Darshan Timings are between 8 a.m.to 11 p.m.
By: ISKCON Bangalore
 
 
Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2012 Invitation
Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi 2012 Invitation
Jan. 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Being a major festival of South India, Vaikuntha Ekadashi is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. The Vaikuntha Dwara (gate) of all Vishnu temples is opened on this day. Thousands of devotees pass through this gate to get the special mercy of Lord Srinivasa Govinda. Lord Srinivasa Govinda receives a gorgeous bathing ceremony and special alankara on this day with sparkling jewels.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi denotes the 11th day of the waxing Moon that falls in the month of Margashirsha. ‘Vaikuntha’ is the transcendental abode of Lord Vishnu, beyond this material world. It is the most aspired for destination by the greatest of Yogis, where they enjoy an eternal life of knowledge and bliss in association of the Lord of Vaikuntha, Lord Vishnu.
This festival commemorates the day Sri Nammalwar, one of the great devotees in the line of Sri Ramanuja entered the spiritual abode. Lord Srinivasa was waiting at the door to receive His great devotee.  It was on this day, during the churning of the milk ocean, that nectar which had emerged out of the ocean was distributed to the demi gods.
During this festival the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore offer a special laksharchana seva to Sri Srinivasa Govinda, one of the presiding Deities on Hare Krishna Hill.  The seva involves chanting one lakh names of Lord Vishnu.
At the Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple, ISKCON Bangalore, the Vaikuntha Dwara is opened on this day and thousands of devotees pass through this gate to receive the benediction of the Supreme Lord who is seated there, to give them His auspicious transcendental darshana.
On this day, darshana is open till 11.00 in the night to accommodate the enthusiastic pilgrims.  Since this was the day that the Lord Himself came to the doorstep of Vaikuntha to receive His devotee, these pilgrims constantly throng the temple for having a glimpse of the Deities.
The utsava vigrahas of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra are decorated in Lakshmi Narayana alankara. Sri Sri Lakshmi Narayana are seated in a swing at the Vaikuntha Dwara.  Expert musicians continuously playing their best for the pleasure of the Lord.  Aratis are conducted throughout the day for the Lord and His consort at this place.
This Ekadashi acquires significance because the great devotee Nammalwar, who comes in the disciplic succession of Sri Ramanuja, went back to home back to Godhead on this day. Lord Vishnu the Lord of Vaikuntha was at the door of Vaikuntha to receive His unalloyed devotee. To commemorate this great event, generally all Vishnu temples create a Vaikuntha dwara - a special entrance - in the temple and the utsava deities of the temple are installed near the dwara. It is said that anyone who passes through the Vaikuntha dwara on this day is guaranteed to go back to home back to Godhead.
You can participate in the festival by supporting various sevas to the worshipable deities of Srinivasa Govinda on Hare Krishna Hill.
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