Bhim Agiyaras is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Bhim Agiyaras 2017 date is June 5. Bhim Agiyaras fasting is very tough and different from the usual ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither do they eat anything for the entire day. The fasting is from sunrise to next day (Dwadasi) morning sunrise. This particular name for the Ekadasi is famous in Gujarat.
The popular belief is that observing Bhim Ekadasi is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year.
Bhim Agiyaras Story
Bhim Agiyaras is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. There is a popular story associated with Bhim Ekadasi. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year.
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