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Hindu Sacred Thread Ceremony (Upanayan) for Girl Child – Breaking Traditions for Good

The very mentioning of Hindu sacred thread ceremony (Upanayan), a Vedic practice, for a girl or woman will cause a flutter among orthodox Hindus and traditionalists. For the conservatives, sacred thread ceremony is only for boys and men. But Sejal Amod Ketkar, eight-year-old girl from Thane, went through the sacred initiation rite and the ceremony was performed by a female priest as male priests were not ready to perform the ritual on a girl.The sacred thread ceremony is no doubt part of orthodoxy and there are many Hindus who don’t perform it or rather ignore it. But millions of Hindus also perform the sacred thread ceremony but is limited only to the male members of the community. Why are girls or women kept out of the Hindu sacred thread ceremony? There is no answer to this. It is the practice that is being followed. The only reason for this is that rituals and ceremonies were decided by male members of the society and they just simply kept women out of it for power.The Upanayan ce…

Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat – Vatsavitri Poornima

Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat is a fasting observed by married women for the well being of their husbands in certain parts of India. In 2018, the date of Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat is June 27. For those people who observe the traditional three-day Vrat in India, Vat Savitri Vrat Arambh (Begins) on June 6 and ends on June 8. The Vat Savitri fasting is based on Savitri Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata. The Vrat is observed during Purnima (Full moon) in the month of Jyeshtha and is more popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In some regions it is a three-day Vrat. 
It must be noted that Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat is observed during the Amavas (No moon day) in Jyeshta month and this Vrat is more popular in Northern parts of India.

Vat Savitri Vrat fasting is for three days. It begins on the Trayodashi day and ends on the Purnima – the fast is for three nights and ends on the fourth day morning. Prayers and pujas are dedicated to Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri. Some people now fast only on t…