While some managed to keep a fast from water on this most important Ekadasi of the year, others worked to get the benefit of Nirjal Ekadasi by distributing sherbert water, which is also thought to bring benefits.
People organized distributions outside many of Braj’s temples, braving the heat themselves to distribute cold drinks to devotees. Others made donated water pots and fruits, as Vishnu is thought to be particularly pleased by donations on Nirjala Ekadasi.
Distributions were organized at Mathura’s Bhuteshwara temple and Vrindavan’s Luteri Hanuman temple, among others.
Devotees who attended Radharaman temple in the late evening were treated to mango Prasad as the mangoes used as decoration were thrown out into crowd.
Radhavallabh Naukar Vihar
There were special decorations and arrangements for Thakurji’s pleasure in many temples. Radhavallabh celebrated Naukar Vihar (boat festival) and the altar of Mukut Mukarvind temple in Govardhan was decorated by luscious flower bungalows.