Karadaiyan Nonbu 2014: Savitri Nombu Vritham 2014 date

Karadaiyan Nombu, or Savitri Nonbu Vritham, is a Tamil observance in which married woman prays for the well being and long life of her husband. Karadaiyan Nombu 2014 date is March 14 and time of breaking of fast and to wear Saradu is between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM (India Standard Time). In USA, it is on March 14. It is observed on the particular day when the transition between the Tamil months Maasi and Panguni takes place. Karadai is the name of a unique nivedya (holy dish) prepared on this day. Nombu means Vratam or upvasam (fast).

Update - You can find the USA timings of beginning of Panguni month here.

Karadaiyan Nombu is observed in remembrance of the Satyvan – Savitri legend. A princess, Savitri through her unparalleled devotion saved her husband, Satyvan, from the clutches of death. This legend is very popular in India and there are several other observances based on this legend like the Vat Savitri Puja.

Savitri Nonbu Vritham is observed at the exact time when Masi month ends and Panguni begins.

On the Vratam day married women fast and break the fast by eating the Karadai preparation with butter.

The preparation is known as Karadai nombu adai - the festival takes its name from the unique Kara Adai dish. It is believed that Savitri cooked such a dish and offered it to Lord Yama along with unmelted butter as a sort of thanksgiving for sparing her husband’s life.

Another important ritual is the wearing of the Kaaradai nombu saradu, which is a yellow thread, around the neck.

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