As the name suggests, Nirjala means fasting without water. And, in the literal sense, this fast is absolute, which means abstaining from consuming food and water. Nevertheless, some followers avoid certain food grains but opt for a diet of fruits and milk.
Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat back
- Wake up early (preferably during Brahma Muhurat – precisely two hours before sunrise)
- Take a bath and wear clean clothes
- maintain celibacy
- Do Dhyana (meditation) and chant the Mantra OM Namo Bhagavatae Vasudevaya
- Prepare a sweet dish (payasam or sheera). Add Tulsi leaves while offering it as Naivedhya.
- Help the poor, donate food, water or other essentials.
- Do good deeds.
Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat what not to
- Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat is the hardest because devotees keep a 24-hour fast without consuming food or water. Therefore, only those who are physically able and determined should observe the fast. More importantly, people with health problems should refrain from fasting to avoid health complications.
- Although an absolute fast must be observed, many devotees observe a fast from sunrise to sunset. Therefore, you can consume a meal in the evening, but avoid eating wheat, rice and lentils.
- Don’t lie or use derogatory language.
- Do not harm anyone by deeds or actions.
I wish everyone a very happy Nirjala Ekadashi.