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Vyeth Trayodashi – Vitasta Festival and Yatra

Vyeth Trayodashi is dedicated to Vitasta River, which is a holy river. The popular name of Vitasta is Jhelum and local people of Jammu and Kashmir call it Vyeth. Vyeth Trayodashi 2024 date is September 16. The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati appeared as Vitasta River on the day.

The festival and yatra dedicated to Vyeth is observed on the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase in Bhadrapad month.

People converge on the banks of the river and perform pujas and other rituals. They also a take a dip in the holy river.

You can read more about the ritual here in this earlier article on the topic - Birthday of River Vitasta or Jhelum in Kashmir