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Vat Purnima is a Hindu festival majorly observed in the Western Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka to honour Savitri, the legendary wife who recapture her husband’s soul from Yama (god of death).in the form of fast in which women pray for the long life of their husband. Women dress up in a bridal type dress and jewellery. They observe fast whole night till next morning.
When is it celebrated?
In Hindu religion, Purnima means full moon. The fasting is for three days which begins on the trayodashi day and ends on Amavasi or Purnima. Some sections of society celebrate this festival on the full moon day i.e on the 15th day of the month of Bikram Sambat month of Jyeshtha (May–June) on the Hindu calendar. Women observe a fast and tie threads around a banyan tree. They pray for the well-being and prosperity of their husband. The prayer and pujas associated with Vat Savitri fast can be observed at the community level or individually at home.
How It Is Celebrated?
Married women celebrate this festival by offering prayers to banyan trees and fasting for the well-being of their husbands. Women of all age groups dress up themselves in their best traditional clothes and jewellery glass bangles, nose rings (nath) and other ethnic jewellery and offers prayer to banyan trees close to their homes to pray for the well-being, good health and prosperity of their husbands. Banyan tree symbolically represents the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The root is taken as Brahma, stem as Vishnu and the upper portion as Shiva. The whole tree symbolically represents Savitri. On this prosperous day, five types of fruits and a coconut on vadi leaves (taro root leaves) are placed, which are then taken as an offering to the banyan tree. Women also offer kumkum and water to the tree. Water, rice and flowers are offered as part of the puja. They tie a cotton thread around it seven times which is the most important part of the festival. Each ritual holds a specific importance. It is believed that tying the thread seven times around the banyan tree won’t take their husband’s life for seven lives. Apart from this, all fasting women take the blessings of elders.