Nirjala Ekadashi: A day specially dedicated to worship Lord Vishnu
As per Hindu calendar various days of the month are known as Tithis and various Tithis have different importance in the Hinduism. Ekadashis are always considered as auspicious days. Nirjala Eakahashi falls in the month of Jyestha. Of the entire fast kept during the time of Ekadashis, Nirjala Ekadashi is the toughest one. On this day devotees worship Lord Vishnu. This one fast is equivalent to all other Ekadashi fasts. There is a beautiful story behind this. Bhima the second of Pandava brothers who was also great lover of food was finding it difficult to keep fast on Ekadashi. He didn’t want to displease Lord Vishnu so he asked a sage for the solution, the sage asked him to keep a fast one day in a year and it will be equal to twenty four Ekadashi fasts. On this day Bhima who was never able to keep fast also kept fast and did not eat anything despite feeling severe hunger and therefor this day is considered as very auspicious and all those who keep fast on this day get blessings from Lord Vishnu and also blessed with wealth and prosperity.
Rituals to be done on Nirjal Ekadashi
Devotees of Lord Vishnu get up early in the morning and take bath. They light the lamp and offer prayer to Lord Vishnu with various hymns. They observe a difficult fast for the whole day by not taking water and are also not supposed to sleep that night. They visit a Vishnu temple nearby and ask the blessings of the god. The idol of Lord Vishnu is washed with milk, honey, curd, ghee and sugar. Next morning after taking bath the devotees can break the fast after the bhog to the Lord Vishnu.