Santan Saptami fast is kept on Saptami of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad month. This fast is kept by women to be blessed with a child or for a child’s success and protection. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on this day. In 2018, the fast will be observed on September 16. Fasting on this day has special significance. A woman who keeps the fast should wake up early in the morning and worship Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in the morning before beginning the fast. Below we tell you the procedure of fasting and significance of the vrat.
Story & Significance of Santan Saptami
According to a legend, Lord Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki served saint Lomesh and told him about the death of their other children. The saint advised them to keep a Santan Saptami fast. The vrat are for those women who are not blessed with children and want to have children. It is also performed by the women. They worship their kuldevi for good health and prosperity of their children. Married women seek blessings from their mother-in-laws.
Santan Saptami Fasting Procedure
A woman observing Saptami fast should wake up early and take a bath and wear clean clothes. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati should be worshipped in the afternoon with sandalwood, rice, lamps, naivedya, supari and coconut. For naivedya, kheer, puri and jaggery are used. Kalava should be dedicated to Lord Shiva for a child’s protection. The same kalava should be dedicated to Lord Shiva for a child’s protection. The same kalava should be worn and the story associated with this fast should be heard. Lamp, dhoop, fruits, flowers and fragrance should be used for the worship. Lord Shiva’s aarti should also be sung.
So, all the women trying to conceive could try keeping this fast and pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. May all your wishes and efforts may come true soon. Observe the fast and remember the God to bear you with a child or for your child's good health.