In the Hindu religion, Vat Purnima Vrat, also known as Savitri Amavasya, Vat Savitri Vrat or Satyavan-Savitri Vrat, holds immense significance. Vat Purnima Vrat will be celebrated on June 21 in the western states of India like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. Fifteen days before Vat Savitri Vrat was celebrated in north India in the states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. This observance is dedicated to married women who fast and pray for the long lives of their husbands, embodying the ideals of marital devotion and fidelity.

Vat Purnima Vrat 2024 Date & Shubh Muhurat

Vat Purnima Vrat will be observed on Friday, June 21. According to Drik Panchang, Purnima Tithi begins at 07:31 am on June 21 and ends at 6:37 am on June 22, 2024. It differs from Vat Savitri Vrat, which is celebrated on the new moon day (Amavasya) of the Jyeshtha month. According to the Hindu calendar, Vat Savitri Vrat in 2024 will commence at 05:54 pm on June 5 and conclude at 06:07 pm on June 6.

Significance of Vat Purnima Vrat

The Vat Purnima Vrat is rooted in the ancient tale of Savitri and Satyavan, a story that epitomises the power of unwavering faith and devotion. Savitri, a devoted wife, is said to have brought her husband Satyavan back to life through her persistent prayers and dedication. This vrat is believed to bring auspicious results, ensuring marital bliss, happiness, prosperity, and good fortune for the observing women.

Married women undertake several rituals and practices during Vat Purnima Vrat, which are imbued with deep symbolism and devotion. Here are the key dos and don'ts for fasting:

Dos for Vat Purnima Vrat

Maintain Harmony: Women observing the fast should avoid speaking harsh words, quarrelling, or doing anything that might insult or hurt their husbands.

Celibacy: It is advised to practice celibacy on this day to ensure positive outcomes and ward off any inauspicious results.

Donation: Donating wedding-related items to other married women is considered auspicious. This act of charity is believed to multiply the blessings received.

Traditional Attire: Women should avoid wearing white or black-coloured bangles, sarees, or bindis during the observance. Instead, they are encouraged to adorn themselves with vibrant and colourful traditional attire.

Solah Shringar: Before performing the puja, women should complete the Solah Shringar, which involves sixteen traditional adornments that symbolize their marital status and beauty.

Circumambulating the Banyan Tree: After the puja, tie a raw thread around a Banyan tree and circumambulate it 5, 7, 9, 21, 51, or 108 times. This practice is an integral part of the ritual and symbolizes the eternal bond of marriage.

Don'ts for Vat Purnima Vrat

Avoid Negative Interactions: Refrain from engaging in negative interactions with your husband to maintain the sanctity of the fast.

Colour Restrictions: Do not use white or black colours in your attire or donations, as these are considered inauspicious for this particular vrat.

Breaking the Fast: The fast is traditionally broken by consuming soaked gram seeds. In the morning, soak 12 grams of seeds, which are to be eaten to break the fast. Alternatively, you can consume fruit meals or gram flour-based sweets like halwa, laddu, or barfi. These specific food items are chosen for their simplicity and nutritional value, ensuring that the women are nourished after a day of fasting.

Vat Purnima Vrat is a beautiful tradition that underscores the importance of devotion, love, and respect in marital relationships. It is a time for married women to reaffirm their commitment to their husbands and seek divine blessings for their well-being. The observance is not just a ritual but a celebration of the sacred bond of marriage, infused with prayers, traditional practices, and a spirit of generosity. As the women of the Hindu community prepare to celebrate this significant vrat, they continue to uphold the timeless values of faith, devotion and love that Vat Purnima Vrat symbolises.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jun 20, 2024 04:41 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website