Nirjala Ekadashi is observed on June 13. On this day the devotees observe fasting without food and water. In some parts of India, stalls are organized to serve free rose sharbat to people passing on the roads. It is said that serving of cooling drink in the scorching heat on Nirjala Ekadashi is known to bring good fortune.
Nirjala Ekadashi which is also known as Bhima Ekadashi is the biggest and most important of all 24 Ekadashi observed in the year. It is also said that if you cannot observe a fast on the other Ekadashi then you can observe fast without water on Nirajala Ekadashi.
The auspicious day of Nirajala Ekadashi falls immediately after Ganga Dussehra which is celebrated on June 12 this year. The fast is observed during the Shukla Paksha of the Jyeshtha month. It falls mostly in the month of May or June. Devotees observe a day-long fast and break it after sunrise the next day.
Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi
As per the legends, Bhimsen who was the second Pandava brother was unable to control his hunger and would fail to observe any Ekadashi even as all other brothers and Draupadi would observe a fast on every Ekadashi. To his dismay of doing so, Bhima met Maharishi Vyasa who advised him to observe Nirjala Ekadashi compensate for all other ekadashis during the year. Hence, Nirjala Ekadashi came to be known as Bhimsen Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi.
Shubh Mahurat of Nirjala Ekadashi
According to Drik Panchang, the following is the shubh muhurat of fast and Parana:
- Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 06:27 PM on Jun 12, 2019
- Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 04:49 PM on Jun 13, 2019
- Parana Time – 05:27 AM to 08:13 AM on June 14, 2019
- Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment – 03:30 PM on June 14, 2019