Vaikuntha Ekadashi is one of the important and auspicious days for Hindus. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It occurs in the Hindu calendar, in the month of Margashirsha (between December and January). When observed, it bestows liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
Vaikunta ekadashi is an auspicious day dedicated to lord Vishnu. Aani Shukla Ekadashi(the 11th day of Aani month – according to the Tamil calender) is the day when Lord Ranganathan enters enters into a state of shayana(rest) for four months.Two months after Shukla Ekadashi, the Lord is expected to invert his position to the other side of his snake-bed(Sesha Shayanam). This happens in the month of Aavani(11th day). This is known as Parivarthana Ekadashi.The Lord is expected to wake up on the11th day(Ekadashi) of the karthigai month. This is called as Utthana Ekadashi.
Rituals during Vaikuntha Ekadashi:
The tamil month Margazhi is considered to be a very auspicious month and very significant to the Vaishanava traditions. The Ekadashi day of Margazhi is called as Vaikunta Ekadashi. It is a common tradition in all Vishu temples to open the Swarga vasal on this auspicious day. Devotees will stand in huge queues early in the morning to see the opening of swarga vasal and it is a belief that if we see and enter the swarga vasal on this auspicious day, the gates to the heaven will open for us after our life.