Ekadesi is the eleventh lunar day of every fortnight. Of the two-dozen Ekadesi in a year, Vaikunta Ekadesi reigns supreme. It is known as Mokshada, “bestowing liberation.”
On this day, the doors to Vishnu’s divine abode, called Vaikunta, are open wide to all who seek salvation, moksha. This occurs in the Hindu month of Mrigashira. According to mythology, devas and demons churned the Ocean of Milk for 1,000 years and, amrita, the nectar of immortality, appeared on this day.
Hindus believe that at this time the divine celestials are most attentive to the pleas of mankind. Devotees rise early, perform ablutions and, throughout the month, visit temples with prayers in heart and gifts in hand.