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VAIKUNDA EKADASI FESTIVAL AT SRIRANGAM TEMPLE

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TRICHY: The opening of Paramapatha Vaasal, an auspicious event during the 22-day-long Vaikunda Ekadasi festival, was observed with religious fervour at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Templein Srirangam here on Today morning.

Clad in a gem-studded armour, Namperumal, the procession idol of Srirangam temple, traversed through the Paramapatha Vaasal around 5.30am with a sea of devotees chanting “Govinda… Govinda.”

Vaikunda Ekadasi is celebrated in the Tamil month Margazhi (December-January), in the pattern of “Pagal Pathu” (daytime celebrations for 10 days) and “Raa Pathu” (night time celebrations for 10 days).

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On the first day of “Raa Paththu,” Namperumal was taken out in a procession from the sanctum sanctorum.

Namperumal passed through the Paramapatha Vaasal – well-known as Sorga Vaasal (gateway to heaven) — to appear before devotees waiting near the thousand pillar mandapam.

The Vaikunda Ekadasi festival commenced with Thirunedunthandakam on December 7 and would go on till December 28 when it will conclude with Nammalvar Motcham.

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