The Pandav Nirjala Ekadashi is due on 23-06-2018. It is believed to be the most rewarding Ekadashi among all the 24 Ekadashis. The legend says that Bheem, one of the Pandava wished to fast on Ekadashis but could not do so because of his uncontrollable hunger. On the advice of Maharishi Ved Vyas, Bheem observed fasting on the Nirjala ( meaning without water) Ekadashi and gained the fruits of observing all the Ekadashis just by observing this single Ekadashi.
This day is dedicated to Lord Shri Hari Vishnu and he is worshipped in idol form as well as in Shaligrama form. Worshipping him on this day is known to attract his grace and it attracts happiness and prosperity in life. Performing Abhishek by Panch Amrit (milk, curd, ghee, honey and khand) is considered very auspicious. Recitation of Shri Vishnu Sahastranaam, Shri Vishnu Stotra, Narayan kavach, Purush Sukta etc is also considered very auspicious. Likewise donating clothing, milk, rice etc to Brahmins/needy people is very auspicious. Taking a dip in the holy waters like Ganga ji, Yamuna ji, Godavari etc is also considered very auspicious.
Astrologically Ekadashi is a Nanda Tithi and it is ruled by Mars. Mars is currently exalted in Capricorn and thereby creating additionally powerful influence on this day. Fasting and worship on this day would additionally benefit in controlling anger and fight out odd situations in life. Health wise it would be benefitting in controlling the blood element in the body by way of controlled blood pressure and blood sugar. There is no wonder that systematic fasting has a great positive influence on the body functions and when it is combined by favorable planetary transits then it is very rewarding.
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