Hare Krishna, Vaikuntha Ekadashi, which we also know as Geeta Jayanti and Mokshada Ekadashi, is this Ekadashi on 22nd December or 23rd December? This time this Ekadashi is starting on the 22nd at 8:16 am and the Ekadashi date will remain till 7:11 am on Saturday, 23rd December 2023. Now because in the Vedic calendar, the beginning of the day and tithi is considered from sunrise. Therefore, even though Ekadashi Tithi starts on the 22nd, it is falling after sunrise, hence Ekadashi will not be celebrated on 22nd December. Ekadashi Tithi should be present at the time of sunrise but on the 22nd it is falling after sunrise, Therefore, we will celebrate Ekadashi not on 22 December but on Saturday, 23 December 2023.
Why is Vaikuntha Ekadashi celebrated? What is its story?
On the auspicious day of Vaikuntha Ekadashi, the oceans were churned to collect divine nectar through Sagar Manthan. Then the nectar was distributed to the Gods and Goddesses. Vaikuntha Ekadashi is celebrated with great pomp in Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.
Time of Ekadashi fast?
The time for breaking the fast on the next day, Dwadashi Sunday, 24th December, is between 7:22 am to 10:44 am. It is very important to break the Ekadashi fast at the scheduled time only. The person who observes the Ekadashi fast is a virtuous soul. By observing fast a person gets all the desired results. It is called Param Vallabh and its special glory has been described in the Vedic scriptures and texts.
Why do we call Vaikuntha Ekadashi as Geeta Jayanti?
This is the same special Ekadashi date when Lord Shri Krishna gave the divine knowledge of Bhagwat Geeta to his dear friend Arjun in the war of Mahabharata. Yes, we also know Mokshada Ekadashi as Geeta Jayanti. On this Ekadashi date, the most sacred, greatest, and most ancient divine sermon of this entire universe was given. The message of the Bhagavad Gita was not just for one sect, caste, or group but for the welfare of the entire human society.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi Mantra
Namo Bhagwate Tasmay Yasya Priyatama Tithi Ekadashi Dwadashi Cha Sarva Bhi Pradan Ranam, i.e. I salute that Shri God whose Param Vallabha Ekadashi and Dwadashi Tithi provide all the desired results to human beings.