Vat Purnima Vrat is located in Jyeshtha Purnima and is celebrated this year on Tuesday 14th June. On this day, married Hindu women fast for the life of their husbands. Vat Purnima Vrat tithi started from 9:02 PM on June 13 and will run until 5:21 PM on June 14. Most of the women belonging to the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India hold this vrat.
The auspicious timing of Pooja is from 9:40 AM to 6:32 PM.
This fast is very similar to the Vat Savitri Vrat fast which is located at Jyeshtha Amavasya. In fact, the reason for fasting is the same as well.
According to Hindu mythology, Savitri deceived Lord Yama (the god of death) in such a way that he had no choice but to bring back the life of her husband named Satyawan. This incident became famous and married women began to pray in a manner similar to the long lives of their husbands.
Those women who observe this fast take a shower early in the morning and put on new clothes. They do their Shingar with sindoor and bracelets. Many women also prefer to apply henna on their hands and wear heavy jewelry on this occasion. As per the belief, those who keep this fast also need to maintain celibacy for the day.
During the day’s shub mawwat, women perform the puja under the banyan tree. They put on the idols of Satyavan and Savitri and offer cochineal, fruits and other things as part of the ritual. Then flowers, rice, water, gram seeds and some special dishes prepared for the occasion are served to the banyan tree.
After completing the puja, the fasting ladies tie the yellow and red thread around the tree trunk while doing the parikrama. They, then, recite or listen to the story of Satyavan and Savitri to complete the day’s puja. Later, prasad is distributed among the people.
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