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Jitiya 2018 Date - Jivitputrika Vrat and Fasting in 2018

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 2018 date is October 2. 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 2018 is at 12:22 AM on October 3.

The Vrat is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase of the Ashwin Month (Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi). It ends when the Navami tithi begins (ninth day)

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, Jiutiya fasting is done in a group and there will bhajans and narration of Jivitputrika Vrat Katha etc. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same.
The Jivitputrika Vrat demonstrates limitless love and affection of a mother for her son. In ancient days, sons were necessary for the protection of the mother and other female members in the family. But times have changed and today daughters are equally capable and can provide the same kind of protection a son provides. But sadly a large section of society still sees female as a burden and encourage female feticide.

One of the greatest aspects of Hinduism is to adopt fresh ideas and assimilate them into it. One idea that needs to be assimilated soon is the respect for girl child. And Jivitputrika Vrat should be performed for the welfare of sons and daughters (offsprings) not just sons. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same.

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