Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 Date, Vrat Khatha, Rituals and Significance

February 20, 2024

Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Bhimseni Ekadashi/Bhimseni Nirjala Ekadashi and Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi. Nirjala Ekadashi/Nirjala Gyaras is considered to be the most important among all the 24 Ekadashis. Even if none of the other 23 Ekadashis are observed, by observing Nirjala Ekadashi alone the seekers/worshippers and ardent devotees receive all those fruits. Some people have quoted that even hearing the names of the 24 Ekadashis of the year can remove the emotions of most of the seekers/worshippers and devotees. Ancient texts highly explain the many benefits of observing all Ekadashi fasts and Nirjala Ekadashi fasts. Along with Hinduism, Jainism also considers Ekadashi as sacred, which also has spiritual meaning.

Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi 2024

The word Nirjala means Neer and Jal means water, combined it means no water or waterless. Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi Vrat involves fasting not only without food but also without drinking water for 24 hours. Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi/Jyeshtha Shukla Gyaras Vrat starts at Ekadashi sunrise and ends at sunrise the next day. It may be difficult for devotees to observe the Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi fast as different climatic conditions are observed in India during the month of Jyeshtha or May and June.

Nirjala Ekadashi Date

Nirjala Ekadashi on Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Nirjala Ekadashi Start Time – 17 June 2024 at 04:43 am

Nirjala Ekadashi End Time – 18 June 2024 at 06:24 am

Nirjala Ekadashi Parana time

Nirjala Ekadashi (breakfast) time – 18 June 2024 at 05:25 AM

Dwadashi ending time on Paran Tithi – 08:26 AM

Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat 2024

  • On the day of Ekadashi, wake up in the morning before sunrise and take a bath. After bathing, take a drop of water in the mouth and inhale it.
  • The idols of Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna should be worshiped with sandalwood, flowers, fruits, and sweets and a ghee lamp should be lit along with incense sticks.
  • The mantra chanted by Lord Narada, “Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya” should be chanted with a Tulsi garland.
  • A worthy Brahmin should be associated to carry on the Vishnu Sahasranama puja which will again be more fruitful.
  • Perform Vishnu puja and chant Lord Vishnu mantra and “sangeet” throughout the night.
  • The next day, after taking a bath in the morning, distribute the Prasad among the children and the poor.
  • Even organizing a full meal for a Brahmin is considered very fruitful.

Nirjala Ekadashi of Rituals

Nirjala Ekadashi is one of the most rewarding Ekadashis of Hindus. This Ekadashi is highly sacred and bestows prosperity, happiness, longevity, and salvation. The importance of Nirjala Ekadashi was told by the great saint ‘Vyas’. It is believed that the Nirjala Ekadashi fast provides the combined qualities of other Ekadashis to its observer. Hindus cannot observe all the remaining 23 Ekadashis of the year, they should observe Nirjala Ekadashi fast to avail all the benefits. It is even more sacred than visiting Hindu pilgrimage places. Nirjala Ekadashi occurs before monsoon and hence helps in purifying the body. One who observes the Nirjala Ekadashi fast is taken directly to ‘Vaikuntha’ after death, which is the abode of Lord Vishnu.

Nirjala Ekadashi of Significance

By observing Mohini Ekadashi fast with full devotion, one gets such good deeds or virtues, which one cannot achieve even by going on a pilgrimage or making donations. The person observing this fast gets the same amount of glory as he gets by donating one thousand cows. One who observes this revered fast gets freedom from the continuous cycle of birth and death and attains salvation. Mohini Ekadashi has great significance in Hindu mythology. You can also read ‘Surya Purana’ to know more about the importance of Mohini Ekadashi.

On the day of Nirjala Ekadashi, Lord Vishnu is worshiped with full devotion. Devotees offer Tulsi leaves, flowers, fruits, and delicious sweets to their Lord. The idol of Lord Vishnu is beautifully decorated and worshiped in the evening with incense and incense sticks. Observers of Nirjala Ekadashi fast must stay awake the whole night and hence they visit the temples of Lord Vishnu to participate in the bhajans and kirtans organized on this occasion. It is a good deed to donate clothes, food, water, and other essential things to the poor and needy on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi.

Nirjala Ekadashi of Vrat Katha

The story of Nirjala Ekadashi originates from Mahabharata. According to the story of Brahma Vaivarta Purana, a Pandava named Bhima decided to observe fast on all Ekadashis. But we know the characteristics of Bheem and his craving for food. Soon he felt very hungry and could not bear it. He didn’t know what to do. He sought help from sage Vyas. He advised him to observe a strict fast on the Ekadashis so that the virtues of all the 24 Ekadashis would be sufficient. This is how Nirjala Ekadashi came into existence.

Nirjala Ekadashi is also called Bhimsen Ekadashi. As per the advice, Bhima observed a fast without eating or drinking anything, but by the time the fast was completed, he became unconscious. The next morning, he was given water from the river Ganges along with sacred Tusli leaves to break the fast and revive. In this way, by observing this difficult Nirjala fast, he attained the virtue of all the 24 Ekadashis.

Nirjala Ekadashi is considered to be one of the most fruitful but most difficult Ekadashis. It has great importance in Hindu culture. Ekadashi is highly auspicious, and it bestows salvation, prosperity, joy, and vitality. If you want to do all 24 Ekadashis but are not able to do them due to some reason, then you can do this Nirjala Ekadashi to get the virtue of all the Ekadashis. The benefits of Nirjala Ekadashi have also been described by Rishi Vyas. It is considered more sacred than visiting any Hindu holy pilgrimage place. According to experts, since this Ekadashi falls just before the monsoon, it helps in purifying the soul and body. It is also a popular belief that performing this fast and puja will directly lead to salvation, and will lead directly to Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu. To perform this Ekadashi, fasts and rituals should be strictly followed.

Wrapping Up

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 is considered one of the auspicious occasions to please Lord Vishnu. This day is very auspicious when people all over the world celebrate this day by keeping fast to get the blessings of the deity. Among all the Ekadashis, Nirjala Ekadashi is very difficult and requires fasting due to its strict rules. Devotees did not consume water or food while observing Nirjala Ekadashi’s fast. If you want to know more about Nirjala Ekadashi then you can talk to astrologers.

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