Nirjala Ekadasi June 12 ,2011 ~ OM NAMO VENKATESAYA
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Nirjala Ekadasi June 12 ,2011

Nirjala Ekadasi, also known as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimasena Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day during Jyeshta masa Shukla paksha. Nirjala Ekadashi or Bhimsani Ekadashi is considered to be most auspicious and beneficial day to observe Ekadashi Vrat.
Date of Nirjala Ekadashi in 2011 – When is Pandava or Bhimsena Ekadasi observed?
Nirjala Ekadashi is observed on the eleventh day of first half during Jyeshta month as per the traditional Hindu calendar. In 2011, date of Nirjala Ekadashi vrata is June 12.
Every devotee who observes all the 24 Ekadashi Vrat in a year, observes this Pandava Ekadasi with utmost devotion. According to several sacred texts, Nirjala Ekadashi fasting or Vrata can give a devotee the fruits of all 24 Ekadashi observances.
As per the Mahabharata, once Bhimasena asked Sage Veda Vyasa about the importance andsignificance of Ekadasi fasting. Veda Vyasa explained him the benefits and merits of Ekadashifasting. Listening to that, Bhim told him that his brothers Yudhistira, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva would observe the fast without any hesitation but, he cannot be able to observefasting on 24 Ekadashi throughout the year. Bhimsen asked Veda Vyasa to suggest only one dayfasting that can give him 24 Ekadashi fasting results.
On Bhimsens request Veda Vyasa advised him to observe fasting on Jyeshta Shukla Ekadashi, also called as Nirjala Ekadasi, which can give him all the benefits and merits of 24 Ekadashifasting. Because of this legend, Jyeshta Shukla Ekadashi is also named as Pandava Ekadashi or Bhimsen Ekadashi.

What to do on Jyeshta Shukla Ekadasi – Rituals and Customs of Nirjala Eakdashi:
Devotees have to avoid even drinking water from sunrise of Ekadashi to sunrise of Dwadashi day. Because of this reason, Jyeshta Shukla Ekadasi is also named as Nirjala Ekadashi (Nirjala means without water). As Jyeshta month (May – June) falls during mid-summer, observing this Ekadashi
 fasting without even drinking water is more difficult than all other Ekadashi fasting. This vow is accomplished when devotee is utmost dedicated. In some regions, there is atradition of donating gold and water pot. Catchy terms: pandavas & bhim

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