Vat Savitri Vrat: Puja Rituals and Significance.
Vat Purnima Vrat is similar to Vat Savitri Vrat. Married women observe Vat Purnima Vrat for well-being and long life of their husband.
In Vat Savitri Vrat, women tie a ceremonial sacred thread around a banyan tree, keep fast and listen to Savitri-Satyavan Katha from the priest.
This Vrat is especially observed by newlyweds with great enthusiasm.
The fasting is based on the devotion and determination shown by Savitri to win her husband Satyavan back from the clutches of Yama.
This puja is performed under a banyan tree which is considered to be the main idol of this festival which symbolically represents Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The root represents Lord Brahma, the stem represents Lord Vishnu and the upper portion is Lord Shiva. Vat Savitri Vrat fasting begins on the Trayodashi day of Jyeshtha month and ends on Purnima.
Most of the festivals in Amanta and Purnimanta lunar calendar fall on the same day. Purnimanta calendar is followed in North Indian states, mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Haryana. In rest of the states usually Amanta lunar calendar is followed.
However Vat Savitri Vrat could be considered as an exception. In Purnimanta calendar Vat Savitri Vrat is observed during Jyeshtha Amavasya which coincides with Shani Jayanti. In Amanta calendar Vat Savitri Vrat, which is also called as Vat Purnima Vrat, is observed during Jyeshtha Purnima.
Hence married women in Maharashtra, Gujarat and southern Indian states observe Vat Savitri Vrat 15 days later than that of North Indian women. However the legend behind observing the fast is same in both calendars.
According to legend great Savitri tricked Lord Yama, the lord of death, and compelled Him to return the life of her husband Satyawan. Hence Married women observe Vat Savitri Vrat for well-being and long life of their husband.
On this auspicious day, women take holy bath early in the morning as purification and wear new colourful clothes, bright bangles and apply vermillion on their forehead.
They adorn one leaf of banyan in their hair. They also offer 9 types of fruits and flowers to Goddess Savitri. Wet pulses, rice, mangos, jackfruits, palm fruits, kendu, bananas and several other fruits are offered as Bhoga (offering) and the day is observed with Savitri Vrat Katha.
After the fast is over, they consume bhogal and take blessings from the husband and elders in the house.
It is believed that Vat Savitri Vrat can turn even the utmost bad fortune of a woman into a good one.
Vat Purnima Vrat Timings
Purnima Tithi Begins = 14:01 on 16/Jun/2019
Purnima Tithi Ends = 14:00 on 17/Jun/2019