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Karadai Nombu: Savitri Nombu Vratam

Karadai Nombu or Savitri Nombu is a Tamil observance in which married woman prays for the well being and long life of her husband. Karadai Nombu 2017 date is March 14. It is observed on the particular day when the transition between the Tamil months Maasi and Panguni takes place. Karadi Adai is the name of a unique nivedya (holy dish) prepared on this day. Nombu means Vratam or upvasam (fast).

Note - Detail fast breaking time in different countries can be found in this latest article.

Savitri Nombu festival is observed in remembrance of the Satyvan – Savitri legend. A princess, Savitri through her supreme 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.
Karadi Nombu is observed at the exact time when Masi month ends and Panguni begins. The ideal method to know the exact time is to consult with the temple priest or consult the Panchangam.

On this 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 Karadai takes its name from the unique Kara Adai dish. It is believed that Savitri cooked such a dish and offered it to the lord 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.