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Nirjala Ekadashi
Panchang for Nirjala Ekadashi
Choghadiya Muhurat on Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi- Observance and Significance

About Nirjala Ekadashi

As per the Hindu scriptures, among all the twenty-four Ekadashis, Nirjala Ekadashi possesses the highest level of significance and importance. As the name suggests, the literal meaning of Nirjala is without water. Thus, on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi devotees observe a dry fast where they neither consume food nor a single drop of water.

When is Nirjala Ekadashi?

As per the Hindu calendar, Nirjala Ekadashi is celebrated in the month of Jyeshtha during the Shukla Paksha on the 11th day (Ekadashi tithi). According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the month of June.

What is The Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi?

  • It is believed that the one who observes a Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat can attain the virtues of all other twenty-four Ekadashis.
  • Devotees get rid of their past and present sins and can attain a path of goodness and positivity.
  • Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat helps the observers to attain huge wealth, salvation, bliss, longevity, recognition, and success in their lives.
  • It is also believed that by observing the Nirjala Ekadashi Fast with utmost devotion, devotees are received by the messengers from Vishnu’s abode (Vaikunth) and not by Yama after their death.
  • The Hindu scriptures state that the observes are offered with the same benefits as visiting a pilgrimage by observing a Nirjala Ekadashi fast.

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What Are The Rituals of Nirjala Ekadashi?

  • The devotees who observe a Nirjala Ekadashi fast are required to wake up early and take a holy bath before initiating with the rituals of the ceremony.
  • It is essential to have firm dedication and devotion while performing all the rituals.
  • Devotees must observe a Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat.
  • Devotees must worship and offer prayers to the deity and should also offer incense stick, flowers, and tulsi leaves to the deity.
  • Aarti of the deity must be performed and then sacred food (prasad) must be distributed among all.
  • The devotees must visit Lord Vishnu's temple on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi to attain his divine blessings.
  • All the rituals of Nirjala Ekadashi Fast initiate on the eve of Dashami (tenth day).
  • The fast is commenced with a ritual named ‘Sandhyavandanam’.
  • On this particular day, observers are required to abstain themselves from consuming food and water as it is a Nirjala (without water) fast. Devotees with any sort of ailments can observe partial fasting but still, the consumption of rice is strictly prohibited.
  • The Vrat continues till the sunrise of Dwadashi Tithi.
  • The observers are not allowed to sleep during the night. They must spend their entire time reciting Mantras in order to please Lord Vishnu.
  • Reciting of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ is considered as highly auspicious.
  • On this particular day, devotees worship Lord Vishnu with immense devotion.
  • Performing charity on the eve of Nirjala Ekadashi is regarded as highly rewarding. The observer should donate food, clothes, and money to the Brahmins.

What is The Legend of Nirjala Ekadashi?

As per the Hindu scriptures and mythology, the story of Nirjala Ekadashi states that it is basically associated with Bhima, who was the strongest and the second one among the Pandavas. As per the story of Pandava Bhima Ekadashi mentioned in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Bhima wished to please Lord Vishnu and decided to observe the fasts of Ekadashis but due to hunger, he was unable to do so.

All his brothers, mother Kunti, and wife Draupadi used to observe the fast of Ekadashis. But the inability to control hunger refrained Bheem from observing all the Ekadashi fasts. He thought that he might dishonor the deity because of not observing the fast and thus he sought guidance from Sage Vyasa for the same.

The sage guided Bhima to observe a fast of Nirjala Ekadashi which takes place once in a year. This is the most important and pious Ekadashis among all by which a person can attain the virtues of all other twenty-four Ekadashis. Listening to the advice of the Sage, Bhima observed Nirjala Ekadashi. Since that day, devotees observe a fast of Nirjala Ekadashi also popular by the name of Bhima Ekadashi or Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi.

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