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About Vat Savitri Vrat

Vat Savitri Vrat or Vat Savitri Puja is observed in Jayestha gujarati months Purnima day(Full moon day) and According to English calendar June-July month every year.Vat Savitri Festival is a Popular Women Festival.Vat Savitri Vrat, or Vat Savithri Poornima, is a fast observed by married Hindu women in North India for the wellbeing of their husbands and children. The fasting is based on the devotion and determination shown by Savitri to win back her husband Satyavan from the clutches of yama (god of death). The festival is dedicated to the legendary married woman Savitri who succeeded to get back her died husband, Satyavana by her severe penance.

The fast is observed for three nights and is broken on the fourth day. The number of days the fast is observed depends on the person who is observing it. Nowadays, many women only observe the fasting on the important day of Purnima. 

Vat Savitri Vrat Katha

Savitri was the beautiful and charming daughter of king Aswapati of Madra Desa. She had chosen Satyawaan as her life's partner who was a prince in exile, living in the forest with his blind father Dyumatsen. The princess savitri left the dignitaries of palace and started living in forest with her husband and the in-laws in the forest. She took all pains and started looking to all her responsibilities as a devoted wife and daughter in-law.One unfortunate day, Satyawaan fell down from a tree and expired in the lap of his beloved wife, Savitri. As soon as the Satyawaan died, Yamraj appeared to take away the soul of Satyawaan from his body. But the deeply moved wife of Satyawaan, Savitri strongly pleaded and appealed to Yamraj for her husband’s life. She cried and begged for not getting separated from her husband. If at all he would take away the soul of her husband she would also end her life. Yamraj, the god of death, moved by the sheer determination and love of Savitri and returned the life of her husband.
Satyawaan came to life again and both of them lived happily thereafter. Like this Savitri achieved her husband’s life back with her dedication and devotion towards her husband.

Vat Savitri Vrat Rituals

Early in the morning women take purificatory bath, wear new cloths, new bangles, apply sindoor (vermilion) on the fore-head and observe fasting. Women together at the nearest banyan trees (Vad tree, Peepal tree). They tie red threads around the banyan tree (Peepal tree) and pray for long life of their husband. Hindu Women also offering fruits and flowers to the banyan tree.

Indian Women also read “Savatri Katha” in the evening and do ritual worship (puja). After that women eat with water. At the end of the vrat, Indian women bow down to their husbands and also take blessings of elderly people in the home.

Vat Savitri Puja Celebration

Vat Savitri Puja is celebrated across the nations. But the festival is mainly observed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Orissa and Maharashtra. South Indian married ladies especially of Tamil Nadu and Karanataka observe festival with the different name as Karadaiyan Nonbu.

Taking part in this festival requires one to follow a number of rituals and practices. Hindu married women observe the various rituals. They wake up early in the morning and take a bath to wear new clothes. They also wear new ornaments and apply vermilion on their forehead. Then they offer rice, wet pulses, lemon, banana and other fruits as bhog. The women also observe fast for the whole day. After, the puja is over, they consume this bhog. Moreover, bowing low in front of their respective husband is also an integral part of the rituals of this festival.

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