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In North India, the fast and worship of Vat Savitri is celebrated with full faith and reverence. While fasting and worshiping of Vat Savitri is done by married women for the longevity of their husbands, unmarried girls also observe this fast for the groom of their choice. According to the Hindi calendar, the festival of Vat Savitri is celebrated every year on the new moon day of Jyeshtha month. This year the importance of this day is also more because on this day where there is a solar eclipse, Shani Jayanti will also be celebrated. On this day, married women, keeping a waterless fast for the good health and long life of their husbands, offer prayers according to the tradition of the banyan tree. But with the changing times, now even unmarried girls have started observing this fast to wish for a good groom. According to the English calendar, this year Vat-Savitri fast will be celebrated on 10th June.
Importance of gram in Vat-Vriksha fasting?
In the context of this fast, which is observed on the new moon day of Krishna Paksha of Jyeshtha month, it is believed that on this day Savitri had succeeded in giving life-giving to her dead husband Satyavan by pleasing Yamraj. It is believed that Yamraj had handed over Satyavan’s life to Savitri in the form of a gram, Savitri had given that gram to her husband, giving him a new life. Therefore, gram has a special significance in Vat Savitri Puja.
importance of banyan tree
Vat-tree (banyan) is worshiped during Vat Savitri fast. As far as the importance of the banyan tree is concerned, in Hinduism, the banyan tree is considered to be a god tree. It is believed that Lord Brahma, Sri Hari and Lord Shiva reside in the banyan tree. Among the trees, the banyan tree has the longest lifespan. The banyan tree is worshiped because of its longevity, strength, and spiritual importance being the most important for the environment as well. Also read: Consumption of these items on Tuesday removes Magal Dosha? Know when to consume which items
Method of worship of banyan tree
Take a bath before sunrise in the morning, do complete makeup and take a vow of waterless fast. Incense and lamp in bamboo basket, red and yellow colored Kalava, five types of fruits, sweets, dishes for offerings, roli, turmeric, akshat, sixteen adornments, water in a copper pot, red colored clothes and vermilion Keep. First offer prayers in the temple of the house. Now put water, red flowers and Akshat in a copper vessel and offer it to the Sun. Now install the idols of Savitri, Satyavan and Yamraj under the banyan tree located near the house. Offer water to the root of the banyan tree. Light incense-lamps, worship the banyan tree with flowers, akshat, fruit roli and sweets. After this, wrap the raw yarn around the tree for 7 times while wrapping the yarn in the trunk of the tree. Now offer the items of makeup to the tree, and listen to the story of Savitri-Satyavan with soaked gram in the right hand. Now keep soaked gram, some mudras and new clothes in the hands of your mother-in-law and take her blessings. Now according to the belief, break the fast by eating Kapal (new leaves) of the banyan tree.
Vat-Vriksha Puja Muhurta:
Jyeshtha Amavasya Begins: From 01.57 PM (Wednesday, June 9, 2021)
Jyeshtha Amavasya ends: By 04.22 PM (Thursday, June 10, 2021)