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Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat

Vat Savitri Amavas Puja, or Vat Savithri Amavasi Vrat, is observed by married women in North India. In 2018, the date of Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat is May 15. Main rituals include fasting on the day and worshipping the Banyan Tree. Married women observe Vat Savitri puja for the well being of their husbands and for a prosperous and happy family life.

Vat Savitri Vrat is based on the famous Savitri – Satyavan legend in the Mahabharat. In North India, Vat Puja is observed on the Jyeshta Amavasi day (no moon day).

Vat Savitri Vrat fasting is for three days. It begins on the Trayodashi day and ends on Amavasi – the fast is for three nights and ends on the fourth day. Prayers and pujas are dedicated to Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri.

But nowadays most women only fast on the Amavasi day.

It must be noted that in some regions, Vat Savitri Vrat is also observed on the Jyeshta Purnima day (full moon day), especially in Western parts of India – Gujarat.

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Swami Sukhabodhananda Thoughts

At the end of one of my programmes, a lady danced for three hours in sheer celebration. Then she came and sat next to me and told me how happy she was. As she was drinking coffee, the beverage spilt on her beautiful saree. Immediately, she screamed, saying her joy from the three-hour dance was gone.

Looking at this incident, I learnt that three hours of happiness was invalidated by a sorrow lasting for a few seconds. If our mind can work like this, the reverse is also possible. The three hours of sorrow can be invalidated by a few seconds of joy.Swami SukhabodhanandaRelatedSwami Sukhabodhananda on Ego