What we should do on Nirjala Ekadashi?

Devotees remain awake the whole night and sing praises of Vishnu or meditate on his image. Another characteristic of ekadashis is charity to Brahmins (the priest class). Clothes, food grains, umbrellas, hand-fans, pitchers filled with water, gold etc. are prescribed to be donated on Nirjala Ekadashi.

What are the rules of Ekadashi?

Take a bath and wear fresh clothes. Do Dhyana (meditation) followed by Sankalpa (take a pledge that you will sincerely keep the vrat). Maintain celibacy as you begin your vrat (Ekadashi fasting commences in the evening of Dashami Tithi/tenth day). Do not eat onion, garlic, meat, rice, wheat, lentils, and legumes.

Can we wash hair on Nirjala Ekadashi?

Those who are observing fast on Kamika Ekadashi should not eat grains. You should not get a haircut on Kamika Ekadashi day. Many women do not wash their hair as well on Kamika Ekadashi.

What is the story of Nirjala Ekadashi?

The legend of this vrat dates back to the times of Mahabharata. As stated above, Nirjala Ekadashi vrat is named after Bhimsena (the second son of Kunti and King Pandu. Bhima was known for his massive physique and intense appetite, and he could do little to contain his food cravings.

What can we eat in Nirjala Ekadashi fast?

They can have milk-based foods, dry fruits, fruits and vegetables (if they can’t observe a full fast) only. Nirjala translates to ‘without water’. The fast on this Ekadashi is observed for 24 hours without drinking water starting from the sunrise of the Ekadashi to the next morning.

Can we drink milk on Ekadashi?

During the fast of Devotthan Ekadashi, one is only allowed to have fruits and milk. Even those who do not fast refrain from onion, garlic, salt, non-veg and grains. There is a ritual of not eating rice on this Ekadashi and on all the Ekadashis of the year.

Why rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?

Why no to rice on Ekadashi? The scientific reason says that having rice or any grain on Ekadashi can cause trouble to your body due to the position of the moon. Grains retain water and as we know the position of the moon impacts all water bodies on the earth, it also applies to the fluid inside our body.

When can I break Ekadasi fast?

The fast can be broken only on Dwadashi after serving food to the brahmans. People who can’t keep fast on Rama Ekadashi must ensure not to consume dishes made of rice or any nonvegetarian food. Those who observe the fast must abstain from eating at all on this day.

Why shouldnt we wash hair on Ekadashi?

Although it is considered taboo in any fast, doing so on Ekadashi causes loss of money. It is believed that cutting of hair or nails during Ekadashi fast displeases Vishnu and causes disturbance in the house. Women are also forbidden to wash their hair and wash clothes on Ekadashi day.

What can we eat on Nirjala ekadashi?

Can we eat rice on Dwadashi?

Drinks like water, fruit juice and milk are allowed. The fast can be broken only on Dwadashi after serving food to the brahmans. People who can’t keep fast on Rama Ekadashi must ensure not to consume dishes made of rice or any nonvegetarian food. Those who observe the fast must abstain from eating at all on this day.

How do Ekadasi fast?

The fast on this Ekadashi is observed for 24 hours without drinking water starting from the sunrise of the Ekadashi to the next morning. One evening before this Ekadashi, the people who do the fast offer a prayer and then eat just once in the day. The meal does not contain rice and lentils as they are prohibited.