Celebrated In: India
Celebrated By: (Hindu)
There are twenty four ekadashis those are observed throughout the year within the Shukla (bright) and Krishna (dark) phases of the months. The Ekadashi that falls during the bright half of Jyeshta month is considered as the most auspicious “Nirjala Ekadashi. Or in other words…..
Nirjala Ekadashi is a Hindu holy day falling on the 11th lunar day (Ekadashi) of the waxing fortnight of the Hindu month of Jyestha (June). The ekadashi derives its name from the water-less (Nir-jala) fast observed on this day.
It is considered as the most austere and hence, most sacred of ekadashis. If observed religiously, it is said the most rewarding and granting the virtue gained by the observance of all 24 ekadshis in the year.
The fast performed during this day is most strict as even drinking water is prohibited while performing it and that is why the day is called Nirjala Ekadashi. The word Nirjala – is made of 2 Hindi words Nir which means NO and Jal means Water.
It is said that by performing this single Ekadashi’s fast, the advantage of all other Ekadashis corresponds.
In general terms, while performing the fast of Nirjala Ekadashi, Jagran or night prayer is observed in most of the temples in the country.
Ceremony of “Jaldan” (donate water through camps) starts from the day of Ekadashi itself where devotees organized the camps of syrups, soft drinks and water on the roads in burning heat of Jyeshta month. Married women also perform the fast with full devotion and belief.
Benefits - Devotees who are unable to observer all twenty fours Ekadashi fasting in a year should observe single Nirjala Ekadashi fasting as fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi brings all benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.