Nirjala Ekadashi Date - 05th June 2017 (Monday)
Nirjala Ekadashi Date in 2017 - 5th June 2017
Nirjala Ekadashi Date in 2018 - 23rd June 2018
Nirjala Ekadashi is the most important and sacred Ekadashi among all the twenty four Ekadashis that comes in a year. Nirjala means without water and Nirjala Ekadashi fasting is observed without any food or water. As this fasting is Nirjala Ekadashi Vratam, it is the toughest among all Ekadashi's of the year due to a strict fasting rules. Nirjala Ekadashi and also all the Ekadashi's are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. While observing Nirjala Ekadashi fast, Vishnu devotees do not take food as well as water the whole day and the fast is only over the next day after ekadashi.
Nirjala Ekadashi Fast 2017
Nirjala Ekadashi/Bhima/Pandava Ekadashi
Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimseni or Bhima Ekadashi because of the legend associated with Pandavas and particularly Bhim. Bhimsen, the second brother among Pandava's could not control having food and thus was not able observe the strict Ekadashi fasting. All Pandava's Yudhishthir, Arjuna, Nakul and Shahdeva, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti except Bhim observed all Ekadashi fasting of the year. Due to this, Bhima, got upset and thought that he was disrespecting Lord Vishnu. Bhima then went to met Sage Maharishi Vyasa for his advises and getting answers to his problem. Then Vyasa rishi suggested Bhima to observe the single Nirjala Ekadasi fasting and thus it acted as the compensation for not observing all Ekadashi's of the year. Thus, Nirjala Ekadashi also came to known as Bhimseni Ekadashi or Pandava Ekadashi.
Nirjala Ekadashi Importance/Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi
Nirjala Ekadashi fasting falls on Shukla Paksha of Jyeshtha month particularly in month of May or June. Nirjala Ekadashi falls just after the Ganga Dussehra (which is the appearance or coming up of Maa Ganga on earth on this day). It is also possible that Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi might occur on the same day.
Rules of Ekadashi/Nirjala Ekadashi Fasting
Things you can Do on Nirjala Ekadasi
- Offer prayers to Lord Vishnu early in the morning and also the whole day.
- Listen to Bhagavad Purana or chanting bhajans dedicated to Lord Vishnu
- Light a diya in front of Lord Vishnu and offer Tulsi leaves and flowers.
- Observe a waterless fast for the whole day. If not able to fast the whole day without water, then one can take fruits and tea, milk, water but should not eat salt and "atta" or wheat.
- Prepare Panchamrita, a mixture of five foods: milk, curd, ghee, honey and sugar and offer to Lord Vishnu.
- Donate food grains, clothes, fruits, milk, umbrellas, hand-fans, matakas filled with water, to Brahmins.
- Next morning, after bath, donate food, fruits, sherbet, water, milk, clothes etc. and then break fast by drinking water.
Ekadashi Dates in 2017
08 January (Sunday) Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
09 January (Monday) Gauna Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Vaishnava Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
23 January (Monday) Shattila Ekadashi
07 February (Tuesday) Jaya Ekadashi
22 February (Wednesday) Vijaya Ekadashi
08 March (Wednesday) Amalaki Ekadashi
24 March (Friday) Papmochani Ekadashi
07 April (Friday) Kamada Ekadashi
22 April (Saturday) Varuthini Ekadashi
23 April (Sunday) Vaishnava Varuthini Ekadashi
06 May (Saturday) Mohini Ekadashi
22 May (Monday) Apara Ekadashi
05 June (Monday) Nirjala Ekadashi
20 June (Tuesday) Yogini Ekadashi
04 July (Tuesday) Devshayani Ekadashi
19 July (Wednesday) Kamika Ekadashi
20 July (Thursday) Gauna Kamika Ekadashi
Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi
03 August (Thursday) Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
18 August (Friday) Aja Ekadashi
02 September (Saturday) Parsva Ekadashi
16 September (Saturday) Indira Ekadashi
01 October (Sunday) Papankusha Ekadashi
15 October (Sunday) Rama Ekadashi
31 October (Tuesday) Devutthana Ekadashi
14 November (Tuesday) Utpanna Ekadashi
30 November (Thursday) Mokshada Ekadashi
13 December (Wednesday) Saphala Ekadashi
29 December (Friday) Pausha Putrada Ekadashi