Every single soul on this Earth deserves to be happy, free and at peace. Nirjala Ekadashi fasting is one of the ways of achieving this life goal.

Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi
Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi

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Introduction

In Hinduism, there are many rituals and traditions that open the doors of eternal happiness. Let’s explore the upcoming Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 today.

Before knowing about Nirjala Ekadashi 2024, let’s know about some basic hindu rituals. Yajya, daan and penance are the Hindu rituals and vital factors necessary for the spiritual cleansing of our soul. Yajya is the act of sacrifice, dedication and good deed of surrendering oneself completely in the service of God. Indeed it is also called Bhim Ekadashi and Bhimseni Ekadashi.

Similarly, daan is the act of “giving” or “to give”. It is a charity done in the welfare of others or needy. In Hinduism, daan plays a significant role for many reasons.

At last, penance is the process of putting our mental and physical body in discipline by following strict rules.

Overall, all these three actions are important for achieving moksha, “the ultimate peace”. In addition to this, Ekadashi fasting is a scientifically and spiritually proven way of attaining success over senses, thereby conquering evil.

About Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

In Hindu religion there are different types of Ekadashis that fall twice in a month. Further, every Ekadashi fasting is special and auspicious due to its traditional value. Similarly, Nirjala Ekadashi holds a valuable place like other ekadashis and falls on the 11th lunar day of Hindu calendar. This ekadashi derives its name from Nir (without) and Jala (water).

Story of Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi, also popular as Bhimsen Ekadashi or Pandava Ekadashi. This ekadashi fasting was observed by King Bhim (one of the Pandava brothers) on advice of Sage Ved Vyas.

The story is inspired from an incident from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Pandava Bhim was one of the five Pandava brothers. All his family members used to observe Ekadashi fasting every month. Whereas, he did not observe fasting as he could not control his hunger. Moreover, he was unable to stay without food even for a few hours. So, this made him sad as he was deprived of the benefits of Ekadashi fasting.

Therefore, he approached Sage Ved Vyas for a solution. Sage Vyas advised him to observe Nirjala Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month. He told Bhim that by following the rules of this Ekadashi he can achieve the benefits of keeping all other ekadashis. On this advice, King Bhim strictly followed all the Nirjala Ekadashi rules and attained moksha at last.

Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

To show the significance of Nirjala Ekadashi, popular as waterless ekadashi, here are some of the facts. It is a strict fasting done by followers of Lord Vishnu. The significance and benefits of observing Nirjala Ekadashi are as follows:

  • There is a huge importance of worshipping Lord Vishnu on this day.
  • Devotees refrain from eating or drinking anything.
  • Even water intake is avoided on this Ekadashi which sets it apart from other Ekadashis.
  • As this Ekadashi falls in the month of May or June (Jyeshtha) during hot summers, it is considered to be the most difficult and sacred one.
  • Moreover, it is believed that one gets the fruits of all the Ekadashis of the year by observing this intense Nirjala Ekadashi. It is a strict penance, self-discipline and a powerful challenge for all devotees.
  • Devotees are blessed by Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi with immense spiritual and materialistic wealth.
  • Devotees enjoy spiritual cleansing which gains them spiritual growth and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
  • By facing physical challenges of Nirjala Ekadashi, devotees attain power, protection and fulfilment of desires by Lord Vishnu.
  • Nirjala Ekadashi is capable of destroying the effect of sins, sorrows and bad deeds.

Date and Time

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 tithi is starting 4:43 AM on 17 June and will end at 6:42 AM on 18 June 2024. Additionally, it is special due to its tithi during Shukla paksha (waxing moon) which falls during Jyeshtha month of Hindu panchang. Apparently it falls after Ganga Dussehra. Thus this special Ekadashi usually falls during the May or June month as per Gregorian calendar.

Besides, this year 2024 Nirjala Ekadashi fasting will be observed on 18 June 2024 and fasting will be broken on 19 June. Shubh Muhurat for Paaran of Ekadashi fasting will begin at 6:15 AM till 8:10 AM.

Dos & Don’t

In order to make the most from the upcoming Nirjala Ekadashi, one must strictly adhere to a few rules. So, here listed are some of the dos and don’ts of Nirjala Ekadashi fasting for devotees.

Dos for Nirjala Ekadashi

  • Wake up early in the morning (Brahma Muhurat), take a bath in a holy river and offer arghya (water) to sun god.
  • Wear yellow clothes and worship Lord Vishnu.
  • Offer yellow flowers, fruits, dhoop, deep, Tulsi dal and panchamrit to Lord Vishnu.
  • Recite mantras, shlokas and Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi stotram.
  • Next day, after taking bath, worship Lord Vishnu and do daan (charity) of eatables, fruits, clothes, umbrella, footwear and other things.
  • At last, follow Paaran vidhi (eat food and drink water).

Don’ts for Nirjala Ekadashi

  • Do not eat rice on Ekadashi.
  • Also, do not eat onion, garlic, non-veg food or any alcoholic drink.
  • Avoid any physical relation with your spouse.
  • Do not pluck Tulsi dal on ekadashi. If necessary, pluck it a day before Ekadashi.
  • Further, do not indulge in any arguments and fights. Do not use bad words for anyone.
  • Try to control anger. Keep yourself calm and content by reciting Hari naam.

Conclusion

To sum up, Nirjala Ekadashi, if observed with complete devotion can bring spiritual growth and fetch divine blessings. Now, that you know about Nirjala fasting, do not forget to follow all the rituals properly and achieve success. Lets grow together with delightful readings at www.onindianpath.com.

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