What is Nirjala Ekadashi? Benefits of Nirjala Ekadashi Fasting
Nirjala Ekadashi has the highest importance among all the 24 Ekadashis. Do you know why people call Nirjala Ekadashi? 'Nirjala' means not drinking water and fasting for the whole day. This fast was done by Bhima and due to this, the Pandavas won the war of Mahabharata. This Ekadashi was performed by Bhima, hence its other name was 'Bhimseni Ekadashi'. Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva, and Draupadi used to fast on Ekadashi regularly, but Bhima could not fast, again and again, so Maharshi Vyas requested Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi fast. The person observing the fast should not take water or fruits.
It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi fast gives the same results as all the 24 Ekadashi fasts of the year. By observing Ekadashi, a person gets the same virtue as bathing in pilgrimages. By doing this Ekadashi, a person gets the same result as making all kinds of donations. This Ekadashi is the giver of wealth, food, life, son, health, victory, etc.
India is called a country of different religions and people of different religions live there so it is called unity in diversity. Nirjala Ekadashi has great importance in Hinduism. Now let us tell you when Nirjala Ekadashi comes in a year. The fast of Nirjala Ekadashi falls on the Ekadashi date of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month. Fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi leads to salvation and longevity. It is important to worship Lord Vishnu while observing Nirjala fast on this day.
How do you fast Nirjala Ekadashi?
On Ekadashi, wake up before sunrise and take bath. If possible, wear yellow clothes after bath and it is necessary to worship the sun. That is, even water should not be drunk. Donating water by a person observing a fast is considered virtuous. Then worship Lord Vishnu with flowers, turmeric, sandalwood, Panchamrit, and Tulsi leaves. Those who cannot fast without water can have fruit and lemonade. One can chant and worship the mantras of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi on the day of Ekadashi. It will bring immense peace and happiness to your life. In Nirjala Ekadashi, it is important not to drink water from the sunrise of Ekadashi till the sunrise of Dwadashi, that is why it is called Nirjala Ekadashi.
What should be Donated?
Donating on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi gives a lot of virtue in life. It is said that this fast is incomplete without donating. Therefore, donating a water-filled Kumbh on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi is very good. Apart from this, you can also donate things like food grains, umbrellas, clothes, shoes, fruits, etc.
It is said that those who donate water on this day get equal results for all the 24 Ekadashis of the year. The festival of Nirjala Ekadashi is a symbol of the auspiciousness of our life. And it has the grace of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. You can talk to astrologers online to know more about the importance and Muhurta of Nirjala Ekadashi.