The Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Jyeshtha Masa is called Nirjala Ekadashi. This Ekadashi is also called Bhimseni Ekadashi. According to Rishi Vedvyas, this Ekadashi was held by Bhimsen. Hence, it is called Bhimsen Ekdadashi. By observing this fast, a person gets longevity and salvation. No water is drunk while observing this fast. This Ekadasi is also called the Pandava Ekadashi. In the year 2012, Nirjala Ekadashi will be on 31 May.
Observing fast on this Ekadashi gives the results as of observing the 24 Ekadashi of an year. After observing this fast, a person should wake up early in the morning on Dvadashi (a day after Ekadasi), take bath, make donation and gift food to Brahmans. The mantra "ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय | Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevay" should be chanted and donation of cow, clothes, fruits etc. should be made, on this day.
Nirjala Ekadashi Fast significance
On the day of Nirjala Ekadashi fast no food is taken. Nirjala Ekadashi fast is observed on Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha, Jyeshtha month, in between of Mithun Sankranti. Water should not be wasted while bathing or in Aachman, on this day. Least water should be used in Achman. As per the scriptures, using large amount of water in Aachman can increase the count of sins of a person. Eating food in this fast, decreases the auspicious effects of the Vrat.
From sunrise to sunset, a person should stay without drinking water. And, he should wake up before sunrise on Dvadashi. Moreover, hungry Brahmans should be given food. After this, person observing fast should have food.
Fasting on this day is like having bath in all spiritual places. Observing the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi removes all sins of a person. Person observing this fast dose not have to face mental and physical problems at the time death. A person who baths, make donations and perform meditation after this fast, gets the virtues as of donating crores of cows.
Nirjala Ekadashi Fast Method
A person observing this fast needs to follow the rules of this Vrat from Dashmi Tithi (a day before Ekadashi). He should chant the mantra "ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय | Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevay", in the morning. There is a tradition of donating cows on this day. Having bath, doing meditation etc. are also considered auspicious on this day.
Person observing this fast should worship Lord Vishnu. This day, Brahmans are given alms, sweets etc. It is must to hear the Vrat Katha, on this day. And, Jagran should be done during the night.
Nirjala Ekadashi Fast Story
Once upon a time, Bhimsen said to Rishi Vyas “ O God! Yudhishthir, Arjun, Nakul, Sahdev, Kunti and Dropadi, all observe the fast of Ekadashi. But, I can not tolerate hunger. I worship and donate to please Lord Vasudev. I need the benefits of the fast in this way.”
Rishi replied “Hey Bhimsen! If you to go to heaven after death, you need to observe the fast of Ekadashi without food. Observing the fast of Ekadashi of Jyeshtha month without drinking water is considered very auspicious. Having food in fast, breaks the Vrat.” As explained by Rishi Vyas, Bhimsen observed the fast and got rid of all his sins.
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