Nirjala Ekadashi and benefits of fasting

In Hindu or Sanatan Dharma, on the 11th  day of the lunar cycle, both the phases of waxing (Shukla Paksha) and waning moon (Krishna Paksha) are observed as the festival of Ekadashi. It is Also known as Hari Vasar.

Nirjala Ekadashi

Externally, it means to stay closer to, Shri Hari Lord Vishnu with all 11 senses by doing fast.

There are 24 Ekadashis in a year.

Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Ekadashi. It occurs in the month of June.The one who fasts on this day is said to enjoy all the benefits and blessings of fasting, on all the rest of Ekadashi of the year.

As claimed by various Hindu scriptures. Once, Bhimsen / Bhim, one of the pandavas, went to Sage Vedvyas asking for some allowance on how he could attain the mercy of Shri Ekadashi.

As he could not control his hunger, was unable to fast throughout the year, but all of his brothers use to do the fast regularly.

As a solution, Sage Ved Vyas recommended him to fast on Nirjala Ekadashi, that is one has to abstain from eating and drinking from beginning of the sunrise of the Ekadashi tithi until sunrise of Dwadashi (next day). Fast is completed by doing, Parana which is Vedic time to open fast.

From that Point onwards, Bhimsen started to do Nirjala Ekadashi every once in a year.

By Observing Nirjala Ekadashi fast one reaps the following blessings and benefits

  • Astrology supports that it helps us to get rid of malefic planetary influences. Improves Jupiter and Venus in a person’s birth chart that represents wealth, children and love, prosperity, Lakshmi Respectively.
  • It helps to clean our digestive system by giving it a day’s rest and other health benefits.
  • The Spiritual significance suggests that, fasting in general on any Ekadashi and on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi, offering water in charity. One is released from huge sinful actions done in past or present life.
  • It has also proven to fulfill One’s desires and wishes. Hence, referred to as “Manokamna Purti Vrat”.
  • This auspicious ekadashi aids one to obtain the fruits similar to, bathing in all the holy rivers, hundreds of yagya and visiting all the holy places of pilgrimage.
  • The devotee at the time of death is greeted by Vishnu servants and transferred to the abode of Lord Vishnu.
  • Lord Krishna himself has mentioned that any pious activities done on this day like chanting mantras, visiting holy places are magnified by billions of times.
  • One who reads or hears about the glories of this ekadashi with utmost devotion, leads a peaceful life while attaining the four goals of human life – Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

Do’s and Don’ts –

  • One should rise early, offer water to Sun and Tulsi Plant, not to sleep during the day.
  • Worship lord Ganesha, Take solemn promise or sankalpa to complete the fast. Mention (Pray) if there is any wish.
  • Worship Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi idol, decorate the puja room, offer panchamrit, flowers, Kheer, light a Ghee diya and Aarti should be done.
  • There is no compulsion of not drinking water. One can fast with or without water, based on their own capacity, but only fruits and milk based items should be consumed. Avoid grains.
  • One must wear yellow clothes, Listen to Ekadashi Vrat Katha, devotional songs, vigil during night.
  • Listening, chanting Vishnu Sahasranama, Gajendra Moksha, Shri Hari Stotram, Shri Suktam and Lakshmi Ashtakam will give amazing results.
  • Before Parana, one should donate some food and money to Barhamans which completes the fast.
  • Parana should be strictly done on time. one can open the fast gradually, by jaggery and water then some fruits and finally the main meal.
  • Consumption of food containing any tamsik ingredient like onion, garlic and honey is prohibited on both the tithis.
  • One should refrain from any kind of sexual activity and adopt Satvik lifestyle.

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