Vat Purnima also known as Vat Savitri Pooja is a fasting day observed by married Hindu women who pray on this day for prosperity and longevity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree.
Vat Purnima is a festival celebrated in Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Orissa on the full moon day (Pournima) in the Hindu calendar month of Jyeshta which falls in the month of June in the Gregorian Calendar.
In 2016, Vat Purnima will be celebrated on 4th June 2016.
In Tamil Nadu, the day is celebrated as Karadaiyan Nonbu.
The day is something similar to Karva Chauth celebrated by people of North India.
On this day married women perform fast and pray for prosperity and longevity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree (wata) known as Peepal Puja on this day.
The day honours Savitri, the legendary wife who rescued her husband Satyawaan’s soul from the ruler of the departed, Yama.
Vat Savitri Pooja :
On this day, married women wake up early, take a bath and wear new clothes, wear jewelry, bangles, apply vermilion on the fore-head and the hair-parting line, etc.
Then they worship Savitri. Wet pulses and rice, mango, jackel fruit, lemon, banana and several other fruits are offered as Bhoga (offering). After observing fasting for the whole day they simply take the Bhoga. In the afternoon when all formalities of worship are over they bow low to their respective husbands and elderly people and in the evening tie threads around a banyan tree as shown in photo above.
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