Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 is a sacred festival celebrated with a lot of dedication by devotees. This festival is celebrated the day before Kartik Purnima. The Chaturdashi day is the fourteenth day of Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month and is regarded as extremely holy for both the devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu since both the deities are very closely related to the festival of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are rarely worshipped on the same day and Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 is one such rare day. This festival is celebrated with a lot of decorations and grandeur in the temples of Varanasi. It is essential to understand the significance of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi. So, let’s see in detail its significance and the story associated with the festival.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 Date and Timings
In 2023, Vaikuntha Chaturdashi falls on Saturday, November 25.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi Nishita Kaal: 11:41 p.m to 12:35 a.m, November 26
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins: 05:22 p.m on Nov 25, 2023
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends : 03:53 p.m on Nov 26, 2023
Dev Deepavali is on Sunday, November 26, 2023
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 Puja Procedure
On the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, the devotees should wake up early in the morning and take a bath.
They should wear fresh clothes and then clean the puja place. They place the puja set up facing the east since it’s considered auspicious. Then, wait for the proper Muhurat to conduct the rituals.
Offer prayers to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and chant the mantras you know that are dedicated to both deities.
Then, light a Ghee Lamp. Mix Kesar with the cow ghee you’re using for the lamp.
Light the incense sticks and make sure that the incense sticks are made up of sandalwood paste.
Offer lotus, Kesar, and corn flour kheer as bhog to the deities.
Perform Abhishek of the deities with sugar, curd, attar and water.
Chant this mantra with full dedication: || ॐ ह्रीं ॐ हरिणाक्षाय नमः शिवाय॥.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi Significance
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of the month of Kartik and is considered a very sacred festival by both the devotees of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Devotees worship both God Vishnu and Shiva with great devotion and take their blessings. However, the puja rituals of both deities are performed at different times during the day. This festival is celebrated with great joy and gaiety in the entire country, particularly in Rishikesh, Varanasi, Gaya etc. As per the ancient astrologers, devotees should definitely keep a fast on this day to get all their wishes fulfilled.
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This fast also helps the devotees in attaining Moksha or salvation. One should worship Lord Vishnu during the Nishita Muhurta on the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, which falls at midnight generally. Contrarily, the devotees of Lord Shiva should worship him during the Arunodaya Muhurta, i.e. just before sunrise. Another important ritual for Shiva devotees is the morning bath at Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi during the Arunodaya Muhurta. This ritual is known as Manikarnika Snan. The devotees need to be very careful about the Muhurta on the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi. The rituals should be conducted at the right times for the Fulfillment of All desires.
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023 Katha
According to the Legend, once Lord Vishnu decided to visit Lord Shiva when he was residing at Kashi. He collected 1000 lotus flowers from the Mansarovar since he wanted to offer it to the Shivling by taking 1000 names of Lord Shiva. Then Lord Vishnu reached Kashi and was greeted by Lord Shiva in a very warm manner. Then Lord Vishnu completed the ritual of chanting one name of Lord Shiva and offering one lotus flower to the Shivling. When Lord Vishnu was doing the process of the ritual with full devotion, Lord Shiva decided to test him. So he removed one flower offered by Lord Vishnu and hid it somewhere. When Lord Vishnu chanted the 1000th name of Lord Shiva and looked for the last flower to offer, he found that the flower was missing. Lord Vishnu is often called ‘Kamala Kanan’ i.e ‘lotus-eyed’ by his devotees.
So Lord Vishnu used his intellect and offered one of his eyes to the Shivling instead of the lotus flower. Lord Shiva was deeply touched by this devotion of Lord Vishnu, hugged him immediately and restored his eye too. Then Lord Shiva presented the Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu so that he could fight the evil enemies. Lord Shiva accepted Lord Vishnu as the commander and the protector of the Universe, the one who will sustain all the living and nonliving things in the world. Thus, on the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi 2023, both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshipped on the same day and the devotees observe the Vaikuntha Chaturdashi Upvas too. Some people even observe the Vrat from sunrise to sunset.
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