Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat 2018: Significance, Date, Time, Puja Vidhi And Foods To Avoid!

Nirjala Ekadashi

Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat 2018 is observed on the 24th of June this year. The Nirjala Ekadashi is one amongst the 24 Ekadashis that are observed during the year by the Hindu Community. Fasting is a great way to purify our body as well as our soul! The tranquillity we achieve as we observe fast is what makes it worthy!

The literal translation of the word ‘Nirjala’ means ‘ without water’. Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat thus is all about abstaining from both food and water. One of the toughest fastings that prevail in the Hindu Community with strict fasting rules.

The Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat is also the glorious day when devotees pray to Lord Vishnu.

Nirjala Ekadashi vrat 2018! Date And Timing

 The vrat in Victorian Calendar typically falls in the month of May or June. According to Hindu Calender, the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat happens to fall during Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta month. In most cases, it falls after Ganga Dussehra, and rarely there are cases where they tend to fall on the same day!

This year Nirjala Ekadashi vrat begins on the 23rd of June and ends on the 24th of June. T The time to observe ‘parana’ this year is between 1:46 p.m and 4.31 pm.

 Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat 2018! Puja vidhi

It is favorable to rise early in the morning and take bath in one of the holy rivers before they start fasting on an auspicious day.  If bathing in holy water isn’t possible, then rising early to bathe which is followed by a chanting of the mantra ‘Om Namo Vasudevaya’ would do! After abstaining water and foodgrains for about 24 hours the devotees can observe Parana, during the given favorable time period.


Significance and foods to Avoid

There are an interesting tale and excerpt from The Mahabharata regarding the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat. And because of this sad plight and dilemma, he was never able to observe the Ekadashi fast. Whereas all the other Pandavas and their wife Draupadi observed Ekadashi with great discipline. To bring an end to this troublesome flaw of him. Bhima approached Maharishi Vyasa to seek his advice to bring out a solution to the problem. And this is when Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadashi vrat once a day in a year to compensate for all the other 23 Ekadashi vrats so as to please The Lord Vishnu.

The Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat being the most significant fast  brings good fortune. Sheer happiness in the devotees’ lives. Devotees also tend to fast brings items like fruits, milk, basil leaves etc.. May all the devotees get to observe the Ekadashi Vrat with great discipline so as to brim their lives with blisses and blessings!