Friday, June 25, 2010

Vat-Savitri Puja:

Vat-Savitri Puja:
Long life: This word mirrors the whole source and meaning of the Vat-Savitri puja. A fasting day for married women, the ritual expert for Savitri is meant for the well-being and lengthy life of the husband.
The fasting is giving to Savitri and Satyavana her husband who was intended to die inside one year however he brought back to life by her severe reparation. The God of death, Yama is implored by Savitri when he is regarding to leave his body and due to her sheer resolve and devotion to her husband, she wins him reverse to life and soon Satayavana regains his lost kingdom.

Legends

The vrata has been named after Savitri. Savitri was the good-looking daughter of king Aswapati of Madra Desa. She selects Satyawaan as her life's partner, a prince in exile who was living in the forest with his blind father Dyumatsen. She left the palace a lived with her husband and the in-laws in the forest. As a faithful wife and daughter in-law she took all pains to take care of them.
One day even as cutting wood in the jungle Satyawaan head reeled and he fell down from the tree and then expires on the lap of his beloved wife, Savitri. Then appeared Yamraj, the death God to take away the soul of Satyaban from his body. Savitri, intensely hurt pleaded to Yamraj not to be separated from her husband. If at every one he would take away the spirit of her husband she would also follow. Yamraj, moved by the devotion of Savitri returned the life of her husband. Satyaban came to life again and together of them lived joyfully thereafter.

Customs & Rituals

All Hindu women watch this festival worshiping and propitiating Savitri as a Devi. On this day, early morning the women take purificatory bath and wear new clothes, new bangles and apply vermilion on the fore-head and the hair-parting line. Then Savitri is worshiped. Wet pulses and rice, mango, jackel fruit, lemon, banana and quite a lot of other fruits are offered as Bhoga (offering). After observing fasting for the whole day they simply take the Bhoga. In the afternoon when all formalities of worship are over they bow low to their husbands and old people.

Regional Celebrations of Vat-Savitri Puja

This festival is celebrated throughout India, particularly in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Orissa. In south India this speedy is known as Karadaiyan Nonbu and is observed by married women of Tamil Nadu and Karanataka.

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