Vat Purnima 2024: How Do You Take Fasting and Prayers for Your Husbands' Well-Being?
Vat Purnima 2024: How Do You Take Fasting and Prayers for  Your Husbands' Well-Being?
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Vat Purnima, also known as Vat Savitri, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated by married women, particularly in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka. This festival is dedicated to seeking blessings for the well-being and longevity of their husbands. Here’s everything you need to know about Vat Purnima 2024, including its date, auspicious timings, rituals, and significance.

Date and Auspicious Timings

In 2024, Vat Purnima will be celebrated on June 21. According to Drik Panchang, the Purnima tithi (full moon phase) begins at 7:31 AM on June 21 and ends at 6:37 AM on June 22. The exact muhurat, or auspicious time for performing the rituals, varies based on local customs and the precise timing of the full moon. It is recommended to consult a local priest or a panchang (Hindu calendar) for the best timings.

Rituals and Traditions

Vat Purnima rituals are rich in symbolism and are performed with great devotion. Here are the key rituals observed on this day:

Early Morning Bath: Women begin the day with a ritualistic bath, symbolizing purification and readiness for the day’s rituals.

Wearing New Clothes and Jewelry: After the bath, women dress in new or their finest clothes, often in red, which is considered auspicious. They also adorn themselves with jewelry.

Applying Henna: Many women apply henna on their hands and feet, as it is a symbol of luck and prosperity.

Fasting: Married women observe a fast for the entire day, dedicating it to their husbands' long life and well-being.

Worshipping the Banyan Tree (Vat Vriksha): The central ritual involves worshipping the banyan tree, which symbolizes longevity and steadfastness. Women offer water, sweets, and flowers to the tree, tie threads around its trunk, and pray for their husbands' health and longevity.

Reading the Story of Savitri and Satyavan: The tale of Savitri, who saved her husband Satyavan from death through her devotion and intelligence, is read or recited. This story serves as an inspiration for women to emulate Savitri's virtues.

Offering Prayers: Women perform aarti (a worship ritual with light) and offer prayers to Goddess Savitri, seeking her blessings for their married life.

Breaking the Fast: The fast is usually broken in the evening after all the rituals are completed.

Significance of Vat Purnima

Vat Purnima celebrates the legendary tale of Savitri and Satyavan, symbolizing unwavering devotion and the power of a wife’s love and commitment. The festival underscores the importance of longevity and prosperity in married life. By observing these rituals, women express their dedication and seek divine blessings for their husbands’ health and happiness.

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