What do you Mean by Nirjala Ekadashi?
Nirjala Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha in the Shukla paksha (June), therefore, it is also called “Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi” or “Bhimsani Ekadashi” (Bhim sen, the second Pandav Brother, had observed this difficult fast). Amongst the 24 Ekadashi’s observed throughout the year, the fast (Vrat) observed on Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi is considered to be the most beneficial, if one properly observes a fast on this day it is said to give the fruits of 24 Ekadashi observed throughout the year. Complete fast is observed on this day with even water not being taken. People observe strict fast and offer pooja to Lord Vishnu to ensure happiness, prosperity and forgiveness of transgressions and sins. On the preceding day that is on the 10th lunar day, Sandhya (evening prayer) is performed and only one meal is taken.
1. WHY NIRJALA EKADASHI CALLED AS BHEEMA EKADASHI?
Pandavas are the great devotees of lord Krishna. They used to observe fast on every Ekadashi. However, the strongest bheemasena was not able to follow this fasting. While he was worrying about this lord Krishna suggested him to follow this Nirjala Ekadashi, as he will get fruits of 24 ekadashis. Then Bheemasena fallowed Nirjala Ekadashi and got fruits of 24 Ekadashis. So it is also known as Bhima Ekadashi. So it is also known as Bheema Ekadashi.