Nirjala Ekadashi is being observed on June 13 this year. It falls immediately after Ganga Dussehra. Devotees observe fast on this day. They stay away from not only food but also water. It is said that if you cannot observe a fast on the other ekadashis, you must observe a fast without water on Nirjala Ekadashi. The fast is observed during the Shukla Paksha of the Jyeshtha month. NIrjala Ekadashi came into being as Bhimsen, the second Pandava brother, was unable to control his hunger and would fail to observe any ekadashi, even as all other Pandava brothers and Draupadi would observe a fast on every ekadashi. Upset over his weak conviction, Bhima met Maharishi Vyasa, who advised him to observe Nirjala Ekadashi to compensate for all other ekadashis during the year. Nirjala Ekadashi, therefore, came to be known as Bhimsen Ekadashi or Bhima Ekadashi.