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Vaikunta Ekadasi, the Ekadasi of Vaikunta (the abode of the Vishnu) falls on the 11th day of the Sukla Paksha (the waxing phase of the moon) of the Dhanur (Margazhi in Tamil terminology) month - the ninth of the Hindu Lunar Calendar. Hindus consider it a very auspicious day and observe it as a day of prayer and fasting.
According to legend, the gods and demons churned the divine ocean for Amrita on the day of Vaikunta Ekadasi, following which Shiva consumed the poison that resulted. Hence Shaivaites consider this Ekadasi as the Nanjunda Ekadasi. It is believed that whoever dies on this day goes directly to heaven without passing through the cycle of reincarnation.
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|Sacred Days: Maha Shivratri | Ekadasi | Vaikunta Ekadasi | MahaLakshmi vratha|