Vaikunta Chaturdashi is observed on Kartik Shukla Chaturdasi, the fourteenth day in Shukla paksha during Kartik month. In 2016, Vaikunth Chaturdashi date is November 13.
This festival is dedicated to Lord Sri Maha Vishnu, who performed Puja to Lord Shiva on this day. As per the legend or story of Vaikunt Chanturdasi, Vishnu visited the holy city of Varanasi to perform Shiva Puja.
Lord Vishnu wanted to offer 1000 flowers to Shiva. In order to test Vishnus bhakti, Lord Shiva hid one flower. Lord Vishnu recognized that one flower is missing and offered his eye as flower to Lord Shiva. Shiva pleased with the utmost devotion of Vishnu and presented him the Sudarshan, the divine disc.
Vaikunta Chaturdashi is celebrated with gusto in Vaishnavite temples. Devotees offer 1000 flowers to Vishnu and special prayers are recited during the Puja. Vishnu Sahasranama, Vishnu Ashtottaram, Vishnu Stuti and the Vishnu Purana are recited on this day.
In 2015, Vaikunth Chaturdashi date was November 24.
In 2014, Vaikunth Chaturdashi date was November 5.
In 2013, Vaikunth Chaturdashi date was November 16.
Vaikunth Chaturdashi 2012 date was November 27.