Jaipur, June 02,2020.
Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the 24 Ekadashi in Sanatan Dharm. It holds a special place among all. It is observed on the Ekadashi tithi during Shukla Paksa in Jyeshta. As the name suggests, drinking water is not allowed during fast on Nirjala Ekadashi.
This Ekadashi is also named Bhimsen Ekadashi in spiritual texts. It is believed that observing fast on this day free us from sins and blesses us with happiness and prosperity. This year, it is being observed on June 2 (Tuesday).
In some parts of the country, Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Bhima Ekadashi or Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi. Bheema was one of the five Pandava brothers.
He was a lover of food but wanted to observe fasts on all Ekadashi but he could not control his hunger. He visited a sage– Maharishi Vyas to solve his problem. The sage told him to observe fast only on Nirjala Ekadashi to reap the benefits of all 24 Ekadashi.
Like other Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is worshipped. An idol of Lord Vishnu is bathed in Panchamrita. It is then washed with water and dressed in royal finery. Flowers, hog, and aarti are offered to the lord. Devotees meditate with image of the deity. In the evening, they worship Lord Vishnu with dhurva grass in their palms. Ardent devotees remain awake for the entire night and sing praises of Lord Vishnu.
The fast is observed for 24 hours from sunrise to sunrise on the next day. Another characteristic of this day is charity: Clothes, food grains are donated to Brahmins and needy on Nirjala Ekadashi.