June 08, 2022
Devotees observe a vrat on the Ekadashi Tithi (eleventh day) to pay tributes to Lord Vishnu. And since two Lunar fortnights make a Hindu month, devotees celebrate the Ekadashi vrat twice. Interestingly, each Ekadashi vrat has a specific name and is significant in its own way. For example, the Ekadashi of Jyestha Shukla Paksha is Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat, and it falls in June in the Gregorian calendar. However, the date varies annually and therefore, read on to know the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat 2022 date, tithi timings and significance.
Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 date
This year, Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat will be observed on June 10th and 11th.
Nirjala Ekadashi 2022 Tithi timings
Ekadashi Tithi will remain in effect from 7:25 AM on June 10 to 5:45 AM on June 11.
Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Significance
As evident from the name itself, Nirjala Ekadashi vrat literally means fasting without consuming even water. Therefore, devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day-long fast and do not drink even water on this Ekadashi Tithi.
Interestingly, Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Bhimseni Ekadashi or Pandava Ekadashi. And this is because it has been named after the second Pandava brother, Bhima (also known as Bhimsena).
According to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Bhima could observe only the Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat because he had little control over his appetite. However, his brothers fasted on all the Ekadashi Tithis.
It is believed that those who cannot fast on the other Ekadashi days can observe the Nirjala Ekadashi vrat. And keeping this vrat alone can reap the blessings of fasting on the remaining 23 Ekadashi days.
Furthermore, devotees also observe the Ekadashi vrat to attain Moksha (liberation) from the cycle of birth, life and death. So, they pray for refuge in Vaikuntha after their journey on Earth ends. So, in a nutshell, Ekadashi is a day dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Palankarta (the God who protects and sustains life on Earth).
By observing this vrat, a devotee can reap the blessings of visiting pilgrimage sites. Moreover, an individual can get rid of the weight of their wrongdoings or sins by keeping this vrat.
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