Vaikuntha Ekadasi: Thousands Throng Temples

January 1, 2007 at 8:16 am Leave a comment

Dec 31, MYSORE, INDIA (STAR) — Devotees in thousands offered prayers at the ISKCON Centre in Jayanagar, Datta Venkateshwara temple in Sri Ganapati Sachchadananda Ashram premises and other temples here from morning 6 O’ clock on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi being observed today.

The north gate of the premises was colourfully decorated with flowers, portraits of Jaya and Vijaya on either side and portraits of Lord Sri Krishna at the top at the ISKCON temple. Cut-outs of the images representing the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu added to the grand festive look of the premises.

Puja’s which began at 6 am will be conducted non-stop until 9 pm today. Chanting the name Lord Sri Krishna a lakh times with offering of flower petals to the Kalasha began at 11 am and continues up to 5 pm during the Laksharchana Seva.

ISKCON President Stoka Krishnadasa explained to Star of Mysore that Vaikuta Ekadashi marked the occasion of the great scholar Nammalwar being received by Lord Vishnu himself when he entered the heaven through the north gate after attaining nirvaana.

Holy water (theertha) and prasadam were offered to all the devotees who visited the shrine on the road in front of Shanthi Sagar complex connecting Kuvempunagar to Jayanagar.

The celebration at Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy Temple on KRS Road in Vani Vilas Mohalla also witnessed thousands of devotees offering worship at the shrine from early morning itself.

About 8,000 devotees visited the Datta Venkateshwara Temple in the premises of Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashram till noon.

The celebrations began with Suprabhata and Abhisheka in the morning. Northern gate was opened at 6 am. There was a special puja to Lord Venkateshwara.

Vadamala Seva was offered to Lord Anjaneya and special butter decoration to Marakada Subramanya. Flower decoration was done to Goddess Padmavati.

Lord Venkateshwara was decorated with diamond crown and gold cover.

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