Ekadashi or the Gyaras, depending upon the Hindu Panchang falls on the 11th day of every month according to the date given in the Panchang. It comes twice a month. The Ekadashi which comes after the full moon is called the Ekadashi of Krishna Paksha and Ekadashi which comes after Amavasya is called the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha. Just as every Ekadashi has its own importance, similarly Nirjala Ekadashi also has a very significant belief by which a person gets free from all his sins and attains to the Heavenly Abode.
Date - 21 June
Time - from 05:23:49 to 08:11:28 on June 22
Timeline - 2 hours 47 minutes
The Nirjala Ekadashi fast can be completed by following the correct methods of the fast. Following are its steps-
Step 1- one should eat only start with food on Dashmi, before Nirjala Ekadashi.
Step 2- it is important to follow holiness and celibacy.
Step 3 - it is advisable to take the resolution of the fast after the morning bath. The fast can also be kept by considering it in the mind with true devotion.
Step 4- you must worship Lord Krishna the incarnation of Lord Vishnu with incense, lamps, fruits and Panchamrit.
Step 5- one should stay awake during the night and do the bhajan of 'Shri Hari.'
Step 6- in order to complete the fast, on the next day you must give food to the Brahmins and needy and donate them with necessary things.
- the use of water is prohibited on that day other than using it for worship.
- The first and most important rule of this fast is that you should not consume onion, garlic, meat, alcohol or honey.
- During the Ekadashi fast you should follow the complete celibacy and stay away from all the enjoyment.
- do not sweep in the house on the day of Ekadashi as there is a fear of killing small creatures.
- No person should do evil deeds and you must speak the lesson that day.
- You must not eat someone else's home food.
- do not pluck flowers or leaves from the trees.
- You must not use your toothbrush on that day.
- Haircutting is also prohibited on that day.
The final truth of our life is after death, so everyone wishes to attain salvation and a place in heaven. In such a situation, observing the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi becomes very important because its greatest importance is that by keeping this fast a Man attains a place in heaven. By performing Nirjala Ekadashi in a correct manner The Sins committed by a man are washed away.
The essence of Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhishmasen Ekadashi’s story of the pass is associated with the Pandava’s of the Mahabharata. According to the story, Bhima’s brother along with his mother used to ask him to observe the fast but Bhim is like the fire called Vrikka which only becomes quiet after eating food due to which he was very upset. He could complete all the rules and methods of fasting but cannot remain hungry. One day the powerful Bima told his situation and pain of unable to observe the fast to the Maharishi Ved Vyas. After listening to Bima, Ved Vyas Ji told Bhim that if you believe in Heaven and Hell then every Ekadashi has to be observed by staying away from food. But it was impossible for him to stay a without food so he wanted to know if there is fast that comes only once in a year. After listening to the agony of Bhima’s hunger Maharishi says that there is an Ekadashi fast told by God himself which comes once in the year and by doing it, you shall attain a place in the heaven. Then he told Bhim about the Nirjala Ekadashi fast that falls on the Jyestha month. In this fast, you have to remain hungry and thirsty only once in a year and as a result you will attain heavenly Abode. The Maharishi set that the Ekadashi of Shukla Paksha of Jester month between vriksham and Mithun is called the Nirjala Ekadashi. In this fast, both food as well as water is prohibited. Water is completely prohibited other than using it during baking or worshipping. On this day the fast is kept from the early morning of Ekadashi till the sunrise of Dwadashi. You can consume water or food only after worshipping on Dwadashi.
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