Nirjala Ekadashi, also known as Pandava Bhima Ekadashi or Bhimseni Ekadashi, is observed as a holy day that is celebrated on the 11th lunar day of the fortnight of Jyeshtha month. This auspicious day holds great importance in Hindu culture, and it is believed that observing a strict fast on this day yields immense spiritual benefits. Of the 24 Ekadashi, it is regarded as the most sacred Ekadashi.
The word “Nirjala” translates to “without water,” indicating the nature of the fast associated with this Ekadashi. Unlike other Ekadashis, where fasting involves abstaining from grains and certain food items, Nirjala Ekadashi is a complete fast without even consuming water for 24 hours.
The significance of Nirjala Ekadashi lies in its spiritual and religious significance. It is believed that observing this fast with utmost dedication and sincerity can cleanse one’s sins, bestow blessings, and grant spiritual upliftment. It is considered to be the most rigorous and rewarding of all Ekadashi fasts.
Nirjala Ekadashi holds immense spiritual significance for devotees who seek blessings, purification, and liberation from the cycle of birth and death. It is believed that by observing this fast, one can attain the virtues of all the Ekadashis and earn the grace of Lord Vishnu. The fast is seen as an act of penance, self-discipline, and surrender to the divine.