Among the 24 Ekadashi fasting, 23 Ekadashi fasting is normal fast from cereals, grains and beans but Nirjala Ekadashi is total fasting from the above said food items and including fasting from water. It is to be highly noted that on every Ekadashi is highly recommended complete fasting from food and water.
Nirjala Ekadashi is largely observed on the Ekadashi day (11th day) of the bright fortnight of Jyeshta according to the Hindu traditional calendar and in the month of May-June as per the Georgian calendar.
A feeling of being very vibrant and healthy can be felt if Ekadashi Vrat is performed with a combination of yoga by the Hindu devotees. It is to be remembered that fasting gives the digestive system a “rest”.
On the other hand, fasting also gives a golden opportunity for the body to be very peaceful and play an effective role in healing too. It is to be remembered that Hindu devotees totally abstain from even having water on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi.
According to the ayurvedic experts, total fasting from food and water gives the chance for the stools to absorb the toxins in the body when in fasting period. Therefore having a gentle laxative consisting of 50-50 warm water and milk is highly advised for the Hindu religious devotees on all Ekadashi days and particularly on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi.
According to medical experts, children and old age people are advised not to observe Nirjala Ekadashi. Those who are taking any medication are suggested to stay away from this particular Ekadashi.