Nirjala Ekadashi is an austere ekadashi observance of Hindus that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It falls on the ‘ekadashi’ (1th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) during the lunar month of ‘Jyestha’. For this reason, this ekadashi is also known as ‘Jyestha Shukla Ekadashi’. Generally Nirjala Ekadashi comes after ‘Ganga Dusshra’ but sometimes they might coincide on the same date. If observed religiously, Nirjala Ekadashi washes all the sins of the person and connects them to the supreme creator. This ekadashi is also referred by the name of ‘Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi’ or ‘Pandava Bhima Ekadashi’ after the five Pandava brothers. The word ‘nirjala’ implies ‘without water’ and therefore the fasting of this ekadashi is observed without drinking water and eating and food. Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest and significant ekadashis that is undertaken by staunch Vishnu devotees.

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Rituals of Nirjala Ekadashi:

  • As the name suggests, the Nirjala Ekadashi fast should be observed without drinking even a drop of water. Hence this vrat is most strict and sacred. Also as this fast falls during the summer season, abstaining from food completely is not an easy task. The Nirjala Ekadashi fast lasts for 24 hours, starting from sunrise of the ekadashi tithi to the sunrise of the dwadashi tithi. Person with some form of ailments or those under medication should not keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fasting. For such devotees, partial fasting is approved, as devotion to lord is more essential than the strict fasting rules.
  • The Nirjala Ekadashi vrat starts with ‘Sandhyavandanam’, a ritual that is practiced on the 10th day. Later after finishing this prayer, the observer eats one meal (without rice) before sunset. The fast then continues all throughout the Nirjala Ekadashi day. The observer of the vrat ends the fast on the 12th day after worshiping Lord Vishnu and offering food to Brahmins.
  • On the Nirjala Ekadashi day, Lord Vishnu is worshipped with full dedication. Devotees offer Tulsi leaves, flower, fruits and mouth-watering sweets to their lord. The idol of Lord Vishnu is beautifully adorned and worshipped in the evening with dhoop and incense sticks. The observer of the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat should stay awake all night and therefore they visit Lord Vishnu temples to participate in the bhajans and kirtans, organized for this occasion.
  • Reading ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and other Vedic mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu is considered auspicious on this day. On Nirjala Ekadashi it is a good act to donate clothes, food, water and other essentials to the poor and needy.

Important Timings On Nirjala Ekadashi

Sunrise23-Jun-2018 05:46 AM
Sunset23-Jun-2018 19:11 PM
Dwadashi End Moment25-Jun-2018 04:54 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Begins23-Jun-2018 03:19 AM
Ekadashi Tithi Ends24-Jun-2018 03:52 AM
Hari Vasara End Moment24-Jun-2018 10:08 AM
Parana Time 13:49 PM - 16:30 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi:

The Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the most rewarding ekadashi observances of the Hindus. This ekadashi is highly pious and grants prosperity, bliss, longevity and salvation. The importance of Nirjala Ekadashi was explained by the great saint ‘Vyas’. It is believed that Nirjala Ekadashi vrat offer the combined virtues of the other ekadashis to its observer. For this reason devotees who cannot observe all the remaining 23 ekadashis of the Hindu year, should keep the Nirjala Ekadashi fast to get all the benefits together. It is more sacred than visiting Hindu pilgrimage places. Nirjala Ekadashi occurs before monsoons and therefore assists in purifying the body. It is also a popular belief that the observer of the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat, after death, is straight away taken to ‘Vaikunta’, which is the abode of Lord Vishnu.

Nirjala Ekadashi festival dates between 2015 & 2025

2015Friday, 29th of May
2016Thursday, 16th of June
2017Monday, 5th of June
2018Saturday, 23rd of June
2019Thursday, 13th of June
2020Tuesday, 2nd of June
2021Monday, 21st of June
2022Friday, 10th of June
2023Wednesday, 31st of May
2024Tuesday, 18th of June
2025Friday, 6th of June
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