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Vaikunta Ekadasi: Temples thronged

Vaikunta Ekadasi: Temples thronged
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The auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi (Mukkoti Ekadasi) was celebrated with great fervour with thousands of devotees taking darshan of Lord Vishnu from...

Mahbubnagar: The auspicious Vaikunta Ekadasi (Mukkoti Ekadasi) was celebrated with great fervour with thousands of devotees taking darshan of Lord Vishnu from 'Uttara Mukhadwaram' across all temples of erstwhile Mahbubnagar on Friday.

The devotees in Jadcherla mandal of Mahbubnagar district thronged at the Venkateshwara temple right from morning 4 am onwards to take the ‘darshan’ of Lord Venkateshwara from the north gate of the temple (Uttara Dwaram/Swarga Dwaram) on this auspicious day.

According to temple priest already more than 2,000 devotees had taken darshan up to 8 am and it is expected by end of the day more than 10,000 devotees will take darshan at the temple celebrating the Mukkoti Ekadasi.

People were seen standing in long queues extending more than one kilometre from the temple to take the glimpse of Lord Vishnu on this auspicious day. It is believed that as per Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu had come on to earth in his original attire (avatar) to destroy the evil and protect the good.

According to persists, earlier Lord Vishnu had adorned various avatars (taken different forms) and born on earth to destroy the evil. However, it is only two times that the supreme god had himself come on to earth in his true form and it falls on this day of Vaikunta Ekadasi.

It is also said that on this day, all the 3 crore (mukkoti) Hindu gods will descend down to earth from heaven to pay tribute to Lord Vishnu and take his ‘darshan’ from north gate. “Today Lord Vishnu will be seated facing north and it happens only once in a year on Vaikunta Ekadasi. This day is auspicious to all Hindus because those whoever takes ‘darshan’ of Lord Vishnu on this day will be freed from all sins and can achieve heaven,” said the Priest at Jadcherla Venkateshwara temple.

Apart from Mahbubnagar, the devotees in various other parts of Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool and Gadwal district thronged in large numbers at the Venkateshwara temples and took part in the auspicious celebrations.

At Ranga Nayaka temple in Rangapur mandal in Nagarkurnool district, the temple staff opened the temple gates early in the morning facilitating thousands of devotees for early morning darshan. “Every year we do not miss this day. We come to temple with family and children and offer special prayers to the lord and take blessings,” says Laxmi Devi, of Jadcherla, while taking part in the darshan.

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