Vaikunta Ekadasi, also referred to as Mukkoti Ekadasi, Swargavathil Ekadasi, is the highly meritorious Ekadasi vratham observed in South India. In 2017, Vaikunta Ekadasi date is 9 January and 29 December 2017.
Vaikunta Ekadasi falls on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha in Dhanurmasam.
Vaikunta Ekadasi is the only day when devotees can have Uttara Dwara Darshanam (Swargadwara / Vaikunta Dwara Darshanam) from Lord Vishnu Temples. On this day, we can have Darshan of Lord Sri Hari from the Northern entrance of the temple.
Vaikunta Ekadasi is celebrated with utmost fervor in Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Bhadrachalam Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple, Yadagirigutta Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Simhachalam Narasimha Swamy Temple, Arasavalli Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple and all other temples in Andhra Pradesh those are dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Srirangam Sriranganathar Swamy Temple is the popular temple to visit during Vaikunda Ekadasi in Tamil Nadu.