Ēkādaśi is the eleventh day of the lunar cycle sacred to Lord Vishnu. It is often observed by fasting from grains and increased spiritual practice such as japa and kirtan. At Kali Mandir we observe ekadasi with a special worship of Hanuman and the recitation of Sri Rama Sankirtana, a litany of hymns and names of Lord Rama.
There are 24 ekadasis each year, each with specific names and different benefits.
Nirjala means without water. This ekadashi derives its name from the water-less fast observed on this day. By observing this ekadasi by fasting from all food and water, any mistakes and lapses in following the other ekadasis during the year are overcome.