Om Namo Narayanaya..
Welcome to Shri Balaji Mandir, Charkop. We invite, your family, friends and you to be here on Jan 1, 2015, which is New Year for many. For devotees of Shri Balaji, it is Vaikunda Ekadashi - a day of liberation from the cycle of Karma, called Moksha, where one surrenders the Lotus Feet of the Lord Balaji.
What is so special about Vaikunda Ekadashi?
Because, it is the most important Ekadashi of the Hindu calendar. Vaikunda Ekadashi is marked with the ritual of opening the Vaikunda Dwaram ( Vaikunda Gate) or Swarga Dwar, which symbolically refer to the doors of the Vaikundam and all of us are allowed to pass through it. This door is opened only on this day and allows devotees like you, to pass through the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of Lord Vishnu, to free your soul from cycles of rebirth and attain moksha.
This year, it falls on Thursday, January 1, 2015, the 11th day of the lunar fortnight of the Sukla Paksha in the Tamil month of Margazhi (Dec-Jan).
3.45 am : Suprabhatam & Nadaswaram
4.00 am : Swarga Vasal / Dwar Pooja
4.10 am : Swarga Vasal Opens With Poorna Kumbham and Vedic Chants
5.00 am : Lakshmi Ashtotharam Vishnu Sahasranama Paraynam (GROUP )
9.30 am : Maha Deeparadhana/Bhog
4.30 pm : Nama Sankeertanam By Dr.Ganesh (Disciple of Dr. Balamurali Krishna)
6.30 pm : Maha Deeparadhana
7.00 pm : Namavali Bhajans by the Temple Bhajan Group
8.15 pm : Palkhi Procession of Utsava Vigrahams
9.45 pm : Shayana Pooja
Shree Balaji Mandir, Charkop, Mumbai:
Shree Balaji Mandir Charkop Mumbai opens the Swarga Dwar or Vaikunda Dwar at 4:10 am on January 1st. This is an excellent opportunity for you to have The Unparalleled Darshan of Lord Balaji and passing through the Swarga Dwar. This will expiate our past sins and bring prosperity and wealth and more importantly, Moksha.
Shree Balaji Mandir Charkop is organizing a daylong event in the praise of Lord Venkateshwara like Vishnu Sahasranamam followed by Maha Deeparadhana ( Bhog) followed by programs in the evening, culminating in Palkhi. The day spent in the temple is the most auspicious way of beginning the New Year.
More about Vaikunda Ekadashi:
The Vaikunda Ekadashi is dedicated to the Lord Shri Vishnu. Vaikunda Ekadashi is celebrated by lakhs of people, including Hindus and Vaishnavas, queuing in the temples that are dedicated to Lord Shri Vishnu and his incarnations to pass through the Swarga Vasal or the Vaikunda Dwaram.
Fasting, keeping vigil and chanting prayers for Lord Vishnu are the most important aspects of Vaikunda Ekadashi. Complete fasting is observed on this day with special prayers offered to Lord Vishnu in the form of Japas, Dhyanam or Nama Sankeerthanam through the day, including the visit to the temple of Lord Vishnu for the Swarga Dwar Darshan in the wee hours of the morning.
Significance of Vaikunda Ekadasi:
According to the Vishnu Purana, if one fasts on this day, it is equivalent to fasting on the rest of the 23 Ekadashi’s of the Hindu calendar, which is regarded as the holiest religious observation. It is believed that Lord Vishnu opened the gates of his adobe, Vaikundam, for two demons, who asked for the boon that those who listened to their story and saw the image of Lord Vishnu coming out of the Vaikunda Dwaram will reach Vaikundam.
According to the Padma Purana, Devas, to save themselves from the tyranny of a demon ‘Muran’ were directed to Lord Vishnu, which in turn broke into a war between the demon and Lord Vishnu and Lord Vishnu released a new weapon to slay this demon, the success of which is the Vaikunda Ekadashi.
To create the new weapon, Lord Vishnu took to a cave in Bhadrikashrama called the Haimavati cave. Muran tried to slay the sleeping Lord Vishnu there, when a female power emerged from Him that burned Muran to ashes just with her glance. The pleased Lord Vishnu named this Goddess as ‘Ekadashi’ and granted her a boon. A selfless Ekadashi requested Lord Vishnu to wash off the sins of those who observed a fast on the day of Ekadashi. Thus was born the Ekadashi fasting and rituals in the Hindu tradition.
Looking at the significance spiritually, it is seen that the demon Muran is nothing but the Rajasic and Tamasic quality in every human being and when one conquers these characters will attain purity of mind and attain moksha, the liberation of the self.
It is believed that those who visit the temple of Lord Vishnu and his incarnations on this day, observe fast, chant slokas and offer special prayers to Lord Vishnu and witnesses the opening of the Vaikunda Dwaram or the Swarga Vaasal is said to attain self-realization, and is redeemed of all the sins committed till date. Visiting the temple of Lord Vishnu in the wee hours on the morning of Vaikunda Ekadasi and pass through the Vaikunda Dwaram is said to attain liberation from the chain of births and deaths and attains Moksha.