Why we worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva on the day of Vaikuntha Chaturdashi?

Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, celebrated on the fourteenth day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik, holds deep significance for devotees seeking divine blessings. This auspicious Saturday, celebrated on November 25, 2023, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, with offerings believed to pave the way to heaven.

An astrologer, throws light on the traditional rituals associated with Vaikuntha Chaturdashi. Devotees offer Bel Patra to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu on this day, recognizing their unity despite different worship methods. Also known as Baikunth Chaudas, it marks the period when Lord Vishnu remains vigilant during Chaumasa.

As soon as Lord Vishnu wakes up on this day, he travels to Kashi, the abode of Lord Shiva. In a symbolic exchange, Lord Shiva welcomes Vishnu with Belpatra and also gives Tulsi leaves in return. Grand celebrations are held in Gaya, Rishikesh and Varanasi, marking the divine union.

Devotees believe that by praying, fasting and observing rituals, they can attain moksha or liberation in the afterlife. An important aspect of the day includes offering a thousand lotuses to Lord Vishnu, as well as reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama, a compilation of a thousand names dedicated to the deity. Dual puja marks the occasion: devotees worship Lord Shiva at sunrise, followed by Lord Vishnu at midnight.

Pilgrims offer fruits, garlands, flowers and incense as offerings to Shiva and Vishnu temples. Fasting is a common practice, with devotees abstaining from grains and opting for a fruit-only diet. The day invites introspection and spiritual rejuvenation, promoting a deeper connection with the divine.