Mysuru: Thousands of devotees flocked to temples in the city on Tuesday to offer prayers on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadashi. Devotees were trooping in large numbers for the darshan of the lord to bless them with good fortunes.
Hundreds of devotees stood in long queues at the famous Sri Lakshmi Venkataramanaswamy temple in Vontikoppal, Yoga Narasimha Swamy temple and Iskcon temple at Jayanagar for the darshan of the Lord Venkateshwara. The festivities began as early as 4.30 am at most of the temples. The temple authorities have made enough preparations to allow the devotees to have the darshan of the lord without any problems.
According to Hindu scriptures, darshan of Lord Vishnu or his other forms on this day will help one achieve moksha (emancipation).
It was on this day during the war of Kurukshetra, Krishna explained to Arjuna the essence of Bhagavadgita. This day is also celebrated as Gita Jayanti. Vaikunta Ekadashi is celebrated during the month of December-January which is popularly known as Dhanur Masa.
The “Vaikunta Dwara” was opened after the priests performed various rituals at the temples.
The shrines were specially decorated with a variety of flowers to mark the occasion. Special rituals were performed at Lord Venkateshwara temples across the city. Vaikunta Ekadashi was also celebrated at the ISKCON temple with much fanfare. (MR).