Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi Vrata and engage in remembering the Supreme Lord by chanting His Holy Names and singing His glories. Ekadashi is the eleventh day of the fortnight of the waxing or waning moon and occurs twice in a month. But the Ekadashi that occurs in the month of Margashirsha (December – January) during the fortnight of waxing moon is of special significance and is glorified as Vaikuntha Ekadashi. This is a major festival of South India celebrated in all the temples of Lord Vishnu.
We will be observing Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi celebration on Friday, December 25, 2020.
In the wake of COVID precautionary mandate from the government, all devotees are requested to demonstrate their respect for the mandate as responsible citizens. No one is permitted to visit the temple on December 25th. There will be no exemption.
Resident devotees on Hare Krishna Hill will conduct the festival, following the safety and precautionary measures with respect to the pandemic.
You are invited to participate in the festival online at: www.iskconbangalore.org/live-darshan
Sri Vaikuntha Ekadashi – Friday, December 25, 2020
3:00 AM: Suprabhata Seva
Devotees chant Venkateshwara Suprabhata Stotram to wake up the Lord. Sri Srinivasa Govinda is offered a grand arati with dhoopa (incense), deepa (ghee lamps), arghya, vastra, pushpa (fragrant flowers), chamara and vyajana.
3:45 AM: Sri Srinivasa Govinda Maha Abhishekam
A grand abhishekam is performed for the moolavar Deity of Sri Srinivasa Govinda. Devotees chant Brahma Samhita and various other prayers as the Lord is bathed with panchamrita, panchagavya, fruit juices, herbal water, and various other auspicious items.
5:00 AM: Vaikuntha Dwara Seva
The northern gate to the main temple hall is decorated as Vaikuntha Dwara. The Deities of Sri Radha Krishnachandra adorned as Lakshmi Narayana are taken in a procession to the Vaikuntha Dwara and seated there on a swing.
Full day schedule:
4:00 AM – 4:35 AM: Mangala Arati
5:00 AM – 5:45 AM: Procession of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra (in Lakshmi Narayana Alankara) towards Vaikuntha Dwara
5:45 AM – 6:25 AM: Vaikuntha Dwara program
6:40 AM – 7:10 AM: Darshana Arati
8:30 AM onwards throughout the day: Laksharchana Seva at Sri Srinivasa Govinda temple
8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:30 PM: Sri Sri Krishna-Rukmini-Satyabhama Kalyanotsava
10:00 PM: Ekanta seva to Sri Srinivasa Govinda
Please participate in this full day festival by joining us online on our website and social media channels.
Wishing you all good health and Krishna consciousness,
Madhu Pandit Dasa