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Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi

Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month is called Nirjala Ekadashi. This Ekadashi is considered to be the best among the twenty-four Ekadashis in a year. Ekadashi fasting holds an important place in Hinduism. There are twenty-four monasteries in each year. Their number increases to 26 in Adhikamas or Malamas. One of these Shukla Paksha Ekadashi of Jyeshtha month is called Nirjala Ekadashi. Drinking water is prohibited in this fast, hence it is called Nirjala Ekadashi. It is believed that by observing this fast on this Ekadashi one can easily get the fruits of the fasts of the entire Ekadashi. This fast should be done by both men and women.

This fast is also known as Bhimsen Ekadashi or Pandava Ekadashi. Legendary belief that one of the five Pandavas who did not have food restraint, Bhimsen was successful after observing this fast. Hence, it was also named Bhimseni Ekadashi. The fast of Ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This fast teaches restraint to the mind and gives new energy to the body. Some fasts also keep a bhakta vow on this day, i.e., eat fruits and milk after donation in the evening.

Nirjala Ekadashi Muhurta

  • Nirjala Ekadashi on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Start of Ekadashi date - June 01, 2020 from 14:56 pm
  • Ekadashi date ends - June 02, 2020 till 12:04 pm
  • On June 3, Paran (fast break) time - 05:41 pm to 08:22 pm

Nirjala Ekadashi Fast

The seeker who fasts on Nirjala Ekadashi should follow the rules of fasting from Dashami date. Do observe Brahmacharya during Nirjala Ekadashi fast. On the day of Nirjala Ekadashi, a seeker should bathe in a holy river, well or lake. After this, fasting should be taken with water in hand. After this, install a statue of Lord Vishnu by laying a clean yellow cloth on a post. After installing the idol, offer a garland of red flowers, akshata, fruits and naived to Lord Vishnu. Do chant 'Om Namo Vasudevaya' of Lord Vishnu.

Godan has special significance on Nirjala Ekadashi. Therefore, if possible, do cow-donation on this day. Renounce food and water for the entire day of Nirjala Ekadashi. Kirtan of Lord Vishnu overnight. Dwadashi should wake up before sunrise in the morning and take bath and wear clean clothes and worship Lord Vishnu with basil leaves. After this, fasting should be passed. After completing the entire method of fasting, make a donation to a poor person or a Brahmin according to your ability.

Donation on Nirjala Ekadashi

In Hinduism, Ekadashi fasting is not only religiously important, it also has great importance from the perspective of mental and physical health. The fast of Ekadashi is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. On this day, donation of water urn, cow is considered very virtuous. This fast teaches restraint to the mind and gives new energy to the body. This fast can be performed by both men and women. There are 26 Ekadashi fasts including two Ekadashis of Adhikamas in the year. While dietary restraint is important in the other 25 Ekadashi fast of the year, on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi, along with diet, water control is also necessary. Water is not taken in this fast i.e. fasting is performed without being waterless.

Nirjala Ekadashi Fast Story

 

One day Maharishi Vyas told the Pandavas the law and the fruits of Ekadashi fast. On this day, when he started discussing the defects of food, Bhimsen expressed his objection and said, "Father! While observing Ekadashi, the entire Pandava family should not consume food on this day, I will not be able to follow your order. I cannot live without eating. Therefore, to avoid the hardship of staying fast on twenty-four Ekadashis, tell me one such fast which I do not have any special inconvenience and will also get the fruits that other people will get on fasting twenty-four Ekadashi.

 

Maharishi Vyas knew that there is a fire called Vrika in the abdomen of Bhimsen. That is why their hunger does not calm down even after eating a lot of food. Therefore, understanding this kind of sentiment of Bhimsen, Maharishi Vyas ordered, "Dear Bhima! You do only a fast on Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi. In this fast, there is no fault of drinking water during bathing. On this day, do not eat food, take as much water as you can in the golden currency of a Masha Jawan. Thus, by observing this fast, other twenty-three Ekadashis will be blamed for eating food and will also get the benefit of the virtues of complete Ekadashis. ”Because Bhima had pledged in front of Maharishi to fast for one Ekadashi only, so this fast started doing. For this reason, it is also called Bhimseni Ekadashi.

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