Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi​ – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Nirjala Ekadashi

Out of all the 24 Ekadashis in a year, Nirjala Ekadashi is considered to be the most sacred this holiest Hindu fast is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th lunar day (or Ekadashi) of the waxing fortnight in the month of Jyeshtha, as per traditional Hindu calendar.

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Significance of Nirjala Ekadashi – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

Nir-jala means water-less or without water and the fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi is observed without water or any type of food. Due to its strict fasting rules, Nirjala Ekadashi fast is the toughest amongst all Ekadashi fasts. However if observed religiously, it is one of the most rewarding occasion. Staunch Vishnu devotees undertake this fast, and they do not drink water or consume any food while fasting on this day. The fast begins on Ekadasi sunrise and ends on next day (Dwadasi) sunrise. It is believed that observing Nirjala Ekadashi is also equal to going on pilgrimage. People believe that observers of this fast, after death, are received by messengers from Vaikunta, abode of Vishnu and not by Yama, the god of death.Those who are not able to follow the other twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year must observe a fast on Nirjala Ekadashi. It is believed that observing a single fast on Nirjala Ekadashi bestows the blessings and benefits of all twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.

When is Nirjala Ekadashi 2016? & The Legend of Nirjala Ekadashi

In the year 2016, Nirajala Ekadashi falls on 16th June. Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Bhima Ekadashi or Bhimseni or Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi, based on the legend of Bhima, the second and strongest of the five Pandava brothers. Based on the story from Brahma Vaivarta Purana, it is said that Bhima wanted to keep all ekadashi fasts, but being a lover of food, he could control his hunger. His entire family of four brothers, Yudhishthir, Arjuna, Nakul and Sahadeva, along with their wife Draupadi and mother Kunti, used to observe the Ekadashi fast without fail. He was scared of dishonoring Lord Vishnu, for whom the fast is observed, hence, he approached sage Vyasa for a solution. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi, once a year and this way he can attain the virtue of all 24 ekadashis. As per this Nirjala ekadasi story, one is able to get the benefits of all Ekadasis by observing one Nirjala Ekadasi. Benefits – Devotees who are unable to observe all twenty fours Ekadashi fasting in a year should observe single Nirjala Ekadashi fast as  fasting on Nirjala Ekadashi brings all benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.

Ekadashi-The highest form of Penance–Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

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There exists no vrata as powerful as Ekadashi in the three worlds, no penance like fasting and no Guru like a mother

Ekadashi-The highest form of Penance

The Sanatan Sanskirti owes its originto penance. Bhagwan Narayan did penance for over thousand years and created Brahma Ji. Brahma ji did penance for more than thousand years and created this world. Therefore, Tapa is the reason for the creation and sustenance of Shrishti (World). If milk is kept raw and unboiled, it will go sour. However, if it is boiled and heated it will stay fresh for a long time. The rains are heavier when the Sun God scorches more. The crops are also richer when the land radiates the heat. Similarly, even coal tar is put through high intensity of heat before it is laid firmly on the roads. Only when gold is subjected to heat, it can be used for making ornaments.

Similarly, even in the life of human beings, the more the penance, the more the life radiates and shines with prosperity, happiness and peace. Man becomes influential and extremely affluent.

 It is mentioned in the Atharvaveda ‘Divmaruhat Tapsa Tapaswi’. The man who does Tapa rises. Without penance, there cannot be elevation of the self.

In our daily lives, there is a need for penance. Ekadashi Vrat is a part of this penance. Every day, a you eat 3-4 meals, but when you are fasting, you renounce the food for the entire day or takeonly one meal. This is penance. Tapasya helps man to blossom and uplift his consciousness. Whatever man gains through Tapasya stays wih him for a long time.

 What is the importance of Ekadashi Vrat?

Ekadashi Vrat is known to end sufferings, sin, grief, sorrow and indigence.

5 ‘Karmaindriyaan’ (organs of action) + 5 “Gyaanindriyaan’(sensory organs) + 1 mind = 11 organs

Lord Vishnu has 10 incarnations and also is manifested in one form as the Parabrahma Parmatma (Absolute Truth), totaling to 11 forms. The position of the moon is eleventh. Moon is the ruler of the mind. The moon affects the mind, body, and therefore the problems affecting the mind and the body gets aggravated on this date. Therefore Ekadashi Vrat is the ultimate remedy for controlling the restlessness of the mind.

“The person who undertakes this Vrata, which bestows both material pleasures and moksha, is very dear to me, even if he is a devil”- Lord Vishnu

Ekadashi Vrata helps in eradicating all sins and eliminates fear and grants dharma (conduct), artha (finance), kama(desires), moksha (liberation).  The greatness of the Shayani EkadashiVrata cannot be described by Lord Brahma Ji himself. The person who observes this Vrata, does jagran (stays awake through the night) and worships Lord Vishnu by offering Lotus flowers is indeed admirable.

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