Nirjala Ekadashi 2024: Special day Lord Vishnu

Nirjala Ekadashi, observed in June 2024

It is a significant holy day in Hinduism dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It holds a special place among Ekadashis, the eleventh days of the waxing and waning moon phases.

The Purana associated with the story behind Nirjala Ekadashi is the Brahma Vaivarta Purana.

This scripture narrates the tale of Bhima, the strong Pandava brother from the Mahabharata, who struggled to observe all Ekadashi fasts due to his immense appetite. Sage Vyasa advises Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi, a single day of complete fasting (without water), which grants the merit of observing all Ekadashis in a year.

Here’s a breakdown of Nirjala Ekadashi’s significance:

  • Strict Fasting: Devotees observe a strict fast, abstaining from both food and water (nirjala means “without water” in Sanskrit). This practice is believed to cleanse the body and mind, promoting spiritual growth.
  • Importance of Lord Vishnu: Devotees offer prayers and perform puja (worship rituals) seeking blessings from Lord Vishnu, the preserver god in the Hindu trinity.
  • Earning Religious Merit: Observing Nirjala Ekadashi is believed to bestow abundant punya (religious merit), leading to spiritual liberation (moksha). Some even consider it equivalent to observing all Ekadashis throughout the year.

Dates for Nirjala Ekadashi 2024:

  • Ekadashi Tithi Begins: June 17, Monday (evening)
  • Ekadashi Tithi Ends: June 18, Tuesday (evening)
  • Parana Time (Fast Breaking): Up to 8:00 AM on June 19, Wednesday

Additional Notes:

  • While strict fasting is the traditional practice, some people with health limitations might choose a modified fast with fruits or water.
  • It’s recommended to consult with a religious guide or elder for specific rituals and practices to follow during Nirjala Ekadashi.
  • If you have a medical condition or not, please consult your doctor before observing the fasting.