Jivitputrika Vrat, also known as Jiwit Putra or Jitiya fasting, is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase (Ashtami of Krishna Paksha) of the Ashwin Month. Jivitputrika Vrat 2014 date is September 16. Jitiya Fast is observed for the well being of the sons by mothers in North India, especially in
Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Time of Paaran in 2014 is at 8:13 PM on September 16.
Jiutya, or a red and yellow thread, is worn by mothers who undertake this fasting. The thread is removed only when it is worn out.
Jivitputrika Vrat is not dedicated to a particular Hindu deity. The main aim of the Vrat is the long life of sons. After early morning bath and prayers, mothers start the fast and do not take any food during the whole day.
Usually, Jitiya fasting is performed as community puja and there will be bhajans and narration of Jivitputrika Vrat Katha. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same.