Vaikunta: Lord Vishnu’s abode. Vaikunta Lokam is the abode of Lord Vishnu where he stays with Lakshmi on Ocean. Vaikunta Loka in Scriptures, Vaikunta Mahatmya.
Lord Vishnu is largely described as having four-armed, holding a lotus, mace, shankha (conch) and chakra (discus) and the divine blue colour of water-filled clouds. This description is given in the Puranas. In the Bhagavad Gita, Vishnu is also broadly described as having a ‘Universal Form’ (Vishvarupa) that is much beyond the ordinary limits of imagination or human perception.
Vishnu’s supreme and eternal abode beyond the material universe is known as Vaikuntha that is a realm of happiness and eternal bliss. It is also called as Parandhama. It means highest or final place for liberated souls, where they enjoy happiness for eternity and eternal bliss prevails.
It is to be highly noted that Vaikuntha is located beyond the material universe. Therefore it can’t be measured or perceived by material logics and science.
Ksheera Sagara is another abode within the material universe for Lord Vishnu. It is where the Lord reclines and rests on Ananta Shesha. In the material universe, it is the topmost realm. It is also higher than Satyaloka where one of the Lord of Trimurthi, Brahma resides. It is strongly believed that Lord Vishnu manages and sustains the universe from this particular place. Therefore, Ksheera Sagara is also called as local Vaikuntha of the material universe by the devotees of Lord Vishnu.
It is to be highly noted that the Lord is successfully approachable by demigods in case of any disturbance or emergency in universal balance. The Lord is worshipped by the devotees of Hinduism with lot of dedication and devotion.
Vaikunta is the abode of Lord Vishnu who is considered as one of the chief deities in Hinduism. He is living in the Vaikunta along with his consort Ma Lakshmi, and Lord Garuda is his divine vehicle. Great Rishis like Narada and Tumburu would frequently visit Vaikunta, and would sing in praise of Lord Vishnu. It is very far away from the earth, and we cannot see it in our ordinary eyes. In Vaikunta, only blessed souls can live and worship Lord Vishnu and Ma Lakshmi.
Though we cannot visit Vaikunta in this birth, at least by visiting the holy Tirumala hills and worshipping the great Lord Venkateswara, we could get the satisfaction of visiting Vaikunta, since Tirumala is considered as Bhuloka Vaikunta, Vaikunta in the earth. Great Alwars and Bhaktas like Prahalada and Dhruva have got an opportunity to visit the holy Vaikunta. There are famous 108 temples of Lord Vishnu. Among these 108 temples, two temples are situated in Vaikunta. We would great punya, if we visit all of these 106 temples during our life time.
The beauty of Vaikunta cannot be explained by us fully. The great Narada tells, “Vaikunta is the divine abode of Lord Vishnu and Ma Lakshmi, and it contains attractive features than that of heaven, and he is surrounded with full of holy sages, who always sing bhakti songs on him. He is taking rest in the divine serpent bed, Adisesha, and Ma Lakshmi gently presses his legs. For a long time, he used to be in Yoga Nidra, in order to protect the entire universe from destruction. Those who live in Vaikunta would get great spiritual pleasure”.
As per legend, once the divine gatekeepers of Vaikunta, Jaya and Vijaya were cursed by the great rishis Sanat Kumaras. As a result they have taken three births in three yugas, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu in Krita Yuga, Ravana and Kumbakarna in Treta Yuga, Dadivakra and Shishupala in Dwapara Yuga. They have been cursed during the first Krita Yuga, but they have got relieved from their curse only during the Dwapara Yuga.
Hence, even though if we keep sincere bhakti on the almighty, sometimes, we have to act according to his will. But his wish would be only on giving goodness to us.