In the year 2020 Nirjala Ekadashi will be celebrated on 2nd June.
About Nirjala Ekadashi
Nirjala Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the waxing fortnight in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha. Ekadashi is the eleventh lunar day of each of the two lunar phases that occur in a Hindu calendar month. In all, there are 24 Ekadashi’s in an entire year.
History Of Nirjala Ekadashi
Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Nirjala or Pandava Bhima Ekadashi. The history of Nirjala Ekadashi is associated with Bhima, one of the 5 and strongest among all Pandavas. It is said that Bhima wanted to observe all the Ekadashi fasts. Being the strongest Pandava among all and a big food lover, Bhima was not able to control his hunger and he used to broke his fasts.
Bhima approached sage Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata, to help him out. Sage Vyasa granted him a solution. Sage Vyasa said that once in a year you should observe complete fast, without drinking a single sip of water. Thus you will be benefitted from all the 24 Ekadashis.
Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi
The word Nirjala means without water. Thus one has to observe this day without food and water. This particular Ekadashi is considered as the toughest among all. Normal Ekadashis allow water but not in Nirjala Ekadashi. It is said that if one completes the fast without food and water, the person gets benefitted as if he/she has observed all the 24 Ekadashis in one shot.
It is also said that if a person is not able to observe the other 23 Ekadashis he/she can observe Nirjala Ekadashi so the person need not repeat it again. Observing this particular Ekadashi is tough for another reason. It usually falls in the month of May-June which is considered as the hottest. Thus one following Nirjala Ekadashi has to go through a lot of testing time.
Celebration Of Nirjala Ekadashi
Lord Vishnu is worshipped on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi. Puja is also offered to Lord Vishnu. The image or idol of Vishnu is bathed with Panchamrita which includes ghee, sugar, honey, milk, and curd. Charity is also done on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi, especially to the Brahmins. Clothes, food grains, water, gold, etc are donated according to the person’s capacity.
At the time of worshipping Lord Vishnu Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya Mantra should also be chanted. Many devotees stay awake the entire night to worship and meditate to Lord Vishnu. Also, the one who completes Nirjala Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu grants him prosperity, peace, and forgiveness for sins.
Muhurat Of Nirjala Ekadashi
The fasting begins on 1st June, at 02:57 PM;
The fasting ends on 2nd June at 12:04 PM.
The Parana time is on 3rd June between 05:41 AM to 08:22 AM.