India, Vat Savitri Puja or call it Vat Savitri Vrat holds a special place. It is a pious day celebrated by married Hindu women for the happy, healthy and prosperous life of their husband. A highly auspicious festival, Vat Puja is also known as Vata Savitri Purnima and celebrated by Hindus in various parts of India.
The festival is devoted to the Goddess Gauri and Sati Savitri. During the Hindu month of Jayeshtha, the fast is observed by all married Hindu women in various regions, but more popular in states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Gujarat.Legends of Vata Savitri Puja
The religious Puja is has been named after Sati Savitri. She was the beautiful daughter of king Aswapati of Madra Desa region. Savitri decided to tie the knot and selected Satyawan as his life partner who was the son of Dyumatsen. Prince Satyawan was living in the forest. After getting married, Savitri left her sumptuous life and went into forest where his husband and in-laws were residing. She completed all her responsibilities with full devotion without thinking about her pains and worries.
One day, Saytawan fell down while cutting wood from a tree. Savitri heard his painful voice and ran to save him, but he took his last breath in the lap of his caring wife. Yamraj or The God of Death appeared at the painful moment to take away the soul of Sataywan and Savitri told Yamraj to leave his husband as she cannot live without him.
She said to Yama that if he would leave the soul of her husband, she would leave her life. Seeing the chaste devotion and love of Savitri towards her husband, Yamaraj retuned back the life of Satyawan to Savitri. This story of a husband and his dedicated wife inspired married women to perform puja for a happy and blissful married life.Rituals followed by Married Women during Vat Savitri Puja
The religious festivity is commemorated throughout the nation for three days. Although it is a three day festivity, but majority of women commemorate it for one day. On the main day, women take bath, wear colorful clothes, adorn themselves with shimmering jewel pieces, bangles and apply mehandi on palms. As per Hindu religion, the beautification includes vermillion, bindi, kohl or kajal, heena, new clothes and jewelry.
Women perform puja early in the morning and take the blessing of elders of family to seek their blessings. The major rituals include worshipping of Banyan tree. They tie sacred thread around the tree, sprinkle holy water and to seek the blessing of almighty, they circumambulate around 108 times around Banyan tree.
Akin to all Hindu festivities, Prasad is prepared at home with wet pulses, rice, banana, lemon, mango and jackfruit. After the completion of all rituals, Prasad is distributed to family members and this is how the Vat Savitra Puja is celebrated.