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Last Updated:January 5, 2024

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Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 is considered one of the auspicious occasions to appease Lord Vishnu. It holds special significance not only in India only but all over the different parts of the world. In the Jyestha month, Nirjala Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of Shukla paksha. This day is very auspicious when people all over the world celebrate the day by observing fast to get the blessing of the deity. There are a total of 24 Ekadashis in the Hindu calendar and Nirjala Ekadashi is the most important of them. 

The meaning of this vrat is nirjala means without water and this fast is observed without water and food. Among all the Ekadashi, Nirjala Ekadashi is very tough and fast because of strict rules. The devotees did not consume water or food while keeping fast for Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi or Pandava Bhima Ekadashi is also known in honor of the five Pandava brothers. The significance of this Ekadashi’s fast is observing it without drinking or eating anything because “Nirjala” means “without water.” Ardent Vishnu worshippers perform the hardest and most important Ekadashi, which is Nirjala.
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If you’re wondering what Nirjala Ekadashi in 2024 is and what it means, this piece is especially for you. Here, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to know about the Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 in the simplest terms possible.

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

The Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 Vrat begins with the rite known as “Sandhyavandanam,” which people perform on the tenth day. The observer eats one meal (without rice) after finishing this prayer before dusk. Then, the fast lasts the entire Nirjala Ekadashi day. After offering food to Brahmins and worshipping Lord Vishnu on the 12th day, the Vrat watcher breaks his or her fast.

In 2024, devotees will dedicate the entire day of Nirjala Ekadashi to worshipping Lord Vishnu. Devotees present their lord with Tulsi plants, flowers, fruits, and delectable sweets. People decorate and worship Lord Vishnu’s idol exquisitely in the evening using dhoop and incense sticks.

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To partake in the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat, one must stay awake the entire night, hence one goes to a Lord Vishnu temple. To participate in the specially organized bhajans and kirtans, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat adherents visit Lord Vishnu temples and stay awake all night. 

This day you should read ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and other Lord Vishnu-related Vedic mantras. Giving needs like clothing, food, water, and other necessities to the underprivileged on Nirjala Ekadashi is a good deed.

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 Date And Time

Nirjala Ekadashi observers across the world will celebrate the date and time on 18 June 2024. The tithi of Nirjala Ekadashi According to the Hindu Panchang will start at 04:43 am on 17th June and will end on 18th June, at 06:24 am.

  • Ekadashi Tithi Begins: 04:43 am on 17th June 2024
  • Ekadashi Tithi Ends: 06:24 am on 18th June 2024
  • Parana Tithi (Breaking Fast) of Ekadashi: June 19 between 5:45 AM to 7:28 AM
  • On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment7:28 AM on 19 June 2024

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024: Significance

Nirjala Ekadashi is regarded as one of the most significant and essential among the twenty-four Ekadashis observed in a year. This Ekadashi refers to a dry fast and a prohibition on eating anything at all during the day. One of the most challenging Ekadashi fasts to observe is Nirjala Ekadashi. 

Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Ekadashi, Bhimseni Ekadashi, or Bhima Ekadashi as a result of a legend connected to it. Bhimsen, the second Pandava brother, could not control his appetite and did not keep the Ekadashi fast. Draupadi and the other Pandava sisters used to keep the Ekadashi fast, except Bhima. 

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

To overcome his lack of willpower and irreverence for Lord Vishnu, Bhima met Maharishi Vyasa. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe one Nirjala Ekadashi to make up for not keeping all of the Ekadashi fastings in a year.

Drik Panchang advises devotees who are unable to observe all twenty-four Ekadashi fasts in a year to instead observe a single Nirjala Ekadashi fast, which has all the same benefits as the twenty-four Ekadashi fasts in a year.

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 Puja Vidhi

The puja vidhi of Nirjala Ekadashi 2024 is to wake up early in the morning and take a shower. If you are observing the fast, wear clean yellow clothes and sprinkle gangajal over yourself. While chanting the holy mantras offer water to Lord Surya. Also, offer flowers, fruits, Akshat, Chandan, and durva to Lord Vishnu. 

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One should chant the following mantra for Lord Vishnu “Om namo Bhagvate Vasudevaya” at least 108 times using a tulsi mala.

|| ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय नमः ||
Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya namah

Let’s discuss the right puja vidhi to perform on Nirjala Ekadashi:

  • This Ekadashi’s customs are very dissimilar from those of the others. Devotees practice an absolute fast on this day, during which they don’t even drink water.
  • The scorching Indian summer is when this Ekadashi falls. People think it’s quite difficult to see this quickly.
  • This fast lasts for roughly 24 hours. It begins at dawn on Nirjala Ekadashi and ends at dawn the following day.
  • Nirjala Ekadashi preparation begins on dashmi, the day before Nirjala Ekadashi. The followers worship in the evening and eat one meal—and it contains no rice. Please be aware that you are not permitted to include rice in this meal.
  • People make prayers to Lord Vishnu, for whom Ekadashi is sacred, like the other Ekadashi.
  • Devotees permit to offer a single, tiny drop of water as part of the Achamana ceremony. Before breaking the pledge, one can consume that much water.
  • On the occasion of the Nirjala Ekadashi, many devotees also donate food items, clothing, umbrellas, water pitchers, hand fans, deities, etc.

Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Hindu Traditions claim that the sage Vyasa explained this Ekadasi to Bhima, the second Pandava brother. The Ekadasi is also known as Bhim Ekadashi or Pandav Ekadasi as a result.

The Mahabharata and Padma Purana both discuss the significance of Nirjala Ekadasi. The Pandavas, except Pandav Putra Bhima, claim to have observed all of the Ekadasis. Bhima, who had a gluttonous appetite and could not endure hunger, used to forgo the Ekadasi fast. 

Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

Bhima, however, desired to observe fast while simultaneously craving food. So he asked Sage Vyasa to find a route out so that he could observe quickly. Sage Vyasa, however, suggested Nirjala Ekadasi, which includes all the advantages of observing twenty-four Ekadasis, since eating and fasting were not possible.

To reap the benefits of observing all 24 Ekadasis, Sage Vyasa recommended that Bhima observe this Nirjala Ekadasi fasting during the brilliant fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of Jyeshta month. By observing Nirjala Ekadashi, Bhim was able to reap the rewards of all the other Ekadasis.

Paran Of Nirjala Ekadashi 2024

The word Parana implies the ending of a fast. The devotees finish the Ekadashi Parana on the day after the fast, after sunrise. Throughout Dwadashi Tithi, one must practice Parana unless it ends before dawn. Within Dwadashi, Parana’s absence is like a transgression.

Parana practice is not appropriate during Hari Vasara. One should wait for Hari Vasara to end before breaking the fast. The first day of the fourth day of Dwadashi Tithi is called Hari Vasara. Pratahkal is the most popular time to break the fast. 

One should not recommend breaking the fast during Madhyanha. If for any reason one cannot break the fast during Pratahkal, one should do so after Madhyahna. Sometimes fasting encourages on two consecutive Ekadashi days. Smartha is suggested to observe fasting just on the first day with her family.

Sanyasis, widows, and those pursuing Moksha prescribe the second Ekadashi fast, the alternate one. The day of Vaishnava Ekadashi coincides with Smartha’s alternate Ekadashi fasting guideline. Devoted followers looking for Lord Vishnu’s love and adoration are advised to fast on both days of Ekadashi.

Benefits Of Nirjala Ekadashi

The devotee observing Nirjala Ekadashi fast will get benefits as some of the benefits are mentioned:

  • Brings all the advantages of observing 24 Ekadashi fasts in a single year.
  • Benefit from all of Ekadasis’ virtues.
  • Freedom from all past and present-life sins 
  • Visitations from Vishnu’s abode, Vaikunta, after death 
  • Assistance in achieving renown, success, money, and a long life

Conclusion

Hence, I hope you have got the required information for Nirjala Ekadashi. If you are going to observe the Nirjala Ekadashi fast, you should remember the rules of this vrat. Devotees keep Nirjala Ekadashi fast without water and food, and they consider this the most auspicious and toughest Ekadashi vrat among all 24 Ekadashi.

Most people worship Lord Vishnu and follow him to keep a 24-hour fast as they consider this Ekadashi fruitful. To learn Ekadashi Dates in 2024 refer visiting our Portal. This Nirjala Ekadashi vrat is a very tough vrat among all 24 Ekadashi. 

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Frequently Asked Question

Q.What items can we eat during Nirjala Ekadashi?

A.Nirjala, which translates to “Without Water,” is why Nirjala Ekadashi is regarded as the hardest of all since devotees aren’t allowed to consume any food or drink, except a few drops of water during the “Aachaman” ritual, which serves as a form of purification.

Q.Can we drink water in Nirjala Ekadashi?

A.As the name suggests, no water is drunk when fasting during Nirjala Ekadashi from dawn on the first day to sunrise on the second day; nevertheless, Only a few water droplets are used in the word “Aachaman”.

Q.What is the date of Nirjala Ekadashi 2024?

A.The date and time to celebrate Nirjala Ekadashi this year will be conducted on 18 June 2024 across the world. The tithi of Nirjala Ekadashi According to the Hindu Panchang will start at 04:43 am on 17th June and will end on 18th June, at 06:24 am.

Q.What is the significance of Nirjala Ekadashi?

A.In honour of the five Pandava brothers, Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as “Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi” or “Pandava Bhima Ekadashi.” Since “Nirjala” means “without water,” this Ekadashi’s fast is maintained without drinking or eating anything.

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