Vaikuntha Chaturdashi is considered a holy day among Hindus. It is celebrated on the 14th lunar day of the Kartik month, a day before Dev Diwali. It is also known as Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, which gives birth to a common belief that observing a fast on this day leads us to heaven, as Vaikuntha means heaven.
The festival comes between the five days celebration of Kartik Purnima, That also includes Tulsi Vivah, Bhism Panchak, and Dev Diwali.
Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are given special significance on this day, by worshipping both lords in different temples of Varanasi, Rishikesh, Gaya, and Maharashtra.
Vaikunth Chaturdashi 2020 Date And Time
Date – 28th November and 29th November 2020
Chaturdashi Tithi Starts – 10:20 AM (28th November 2020)
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends- 12:45 PM (29th November 2020)
Legends associated with Vaikunth Chaturdashi
The most common legend associated with this day is of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It believed Lord Vishnu from Vaikuntha went to Kashi to worship Lord Shiva by offering him 1000 lotuses and seeking his blessing. While he was carrying out the Abhishek, Lord Shiva hid some of the flowers to check his devotion. Seeing the less number of flowers, he thought to himself that he could offer one of his eyes to the Lord as he was also known as ‘Kamal Nayan’, so he went forward to do the same. Seeing such devotion Lord Shiva was impressed and gave him his eyes back and blessed him with a Golden Chakra that had the radiance of million suns.
Another legend that revolves around the same reason is a Brahmin named Dhaneshwar who spent most of his life indulging in several sins, but one day he decided to visit the Godavari to wash off his sins and ask for the lord’s blessings. It was Vaikuntha Chaturdashi on that day so while he was washing off his sins he mingled with the crowd and worshipped the Lord. When he died Yama came to take him away but Lord Shiva stopped him and told that he has been cleansed of all his sins so he will go to heaven. So Yama released him from hell.
Significance of Vaikunth Chaturdashi
This is the only day when Lord Vishnu is given a special place of honor in the sanctum of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a renowned Lord Shiva temple in Varanasi. It is believed that the Vishwanath temple becomes as divine as Vaikuntha on the very same day.
It is also believed that those who worship Lord Shiva and Vishnu on this day while keeping a fast will go to heaven no matter what. As the gates of heaven open on this day, devotees also observe this fast as a way to get rid of their past sins.
Ritiuls And Puja Vidhi For Vaikunth Chaturdashi
Both the deities are worshipped at a different time during this day, Lord Vishnu prefers midnight whereas Lord Shiva prefers the dawn. The day is worshiped as if both Lord Vishnu and Shiva are worshiping each other. Lord Vishnu offers tulsi leaves (basil) and Lord Shiva then turns them to Bael (Aegle marmelos L.) leaves. Then devotees perform several rituals from bathing in holy water to offering different items to both the Gods on this day.
You should follow these steps if you are performing puja at your own home
- While worshipping Lord Vishnu offers him sandalwood, curd, sugar candy, white lotus, saffron, honey, and cow’s milk. Dry fruits, gulal, kumkum flowers, and seasonal fruits are also offered.
- A fast is kept on this day as it is believed that it helps us get rid of our sins and brings happiness and prosperity. It also helps to heal and promotes recovery in our lives.
- While worshipping Lord Shiva offers him cow milk, flowers, bila patra, figure, hemp, datura, seasonal fruits, and white sweets.
- Earthen lamps of ghee are ignited on this day and are then splashed in the Ganga’s water in a temple. The same ritual is also done in the evening as a donation of the lamp since it helps in bringing more prosperity and benefits to your house.
- Offering gifts to elderly and poor people is considered a good omen.
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