Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrata vidhi, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat procedure.. how to observe Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat?
Amongst all the twenty four Ekadashi as per the Hindu traditional calendar, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat is considered much beneficial and most powerful. According to the traditional Hindu lunar calendar in the month of Jyeshtha, Nirjala Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon).
As per the Gregorian calendar this Ekadashi occurs in the month of May or June. It is to be noted that this particular Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadashi.
It is to be remembered that Nirjala Ekadashi is totally distinct and perfectly different from the usual Ekadashi vrats that is largely observed by Hindu devotees. The specialty of this Ekadashi is that in all other Ekadashi fastings, Hindu devotees are permitted to drink water in thirst but while observing the fast in Nirjala Ekadashi, devotees are strictly not allowed to drink water throughout the day and has to control thirst. This activity is strictly followed by all the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat devotees.
It is to be highly noted that the name of this Ekadashi is “Nirjala”, the word “jal” means Water and Nirjala means “without water”. Therefore the devotees of Nirjala totally abstain from drinking water throughout the day of observing. This helps in managing and controlling thirst which good for mind and body.
The specialty of this Vrat is that the devotees even don’t have any food during the whole day of fasting. They remain totally empty stomach for a day. It is strongly believed that this particular fasting is much equivalent to going around on a pilgrimage. The fasting is wholeheartedly observed from sunrise on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi and rightly ends on the next day’s early sunrise.