Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the most popular and toughest Ekadashi Fasting days. Nirjala Ekadashi 2021 date is June 21. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandav Bhim Ekadasi fast. The difference from other Ekadasis and Nirjala is that devotees do not drink water on the day. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar.
Importance Of Nirjala Ekadasi Fasting
The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Bhima, the second Pandava brother, by sage Vyasa. Hence the Ekadasi is also referred as Pandav Ekadasi or Bhim Ekadashi.
Now, Bhima wanted to observe fast and also eat!! So he enquired to Sage Vyasa to find a way out. But since eating and fasting was impossible, sage Vyasa told about Nirjala Ekadasi, which has all the benefits of observing twenty four ekadasis.
Sage Vyasa advised Bhim to observe Nirjala Ekadasi fasting which falls during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) in Jyeshta month as it has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis. Thus Bhim was able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing Nirjala Ekadasi.
A Tough Fasting With No Drinking Of Water
Nirjala Ekadasi is one of the strictest fast in Hindu religion and among all Ekadasis.
There are several other better ways of observing it like donating food and clothes to the needy.