Vat Purnima also is known as Vat Savitri is one of the famous festivals celebrated in India. It generally falls in the month of May and June on the full moon. The moon is said to be of strawberry colored during this night. To know more about it look up this link.
Which parts of India observe this festival?
Vat Purnima is celebrated in many states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Haryana.
Significance of Vat Purnima
Vat Purnima is celebrated to pay respects to Savitri who convinced death to give her husband life.
How is the festival celebrated?
Married women wake up early in the morning and take a bath. They wear traditional clothes and take the blessing of elders. Fasting is kept for the whole day and in the evening they go to the temple and tie a sacred thread around the banyan tree. They pray for their husband’s long life and happiness for the children.
Birth of Savitri
Long ago during the time of Mahabharata King Asvapati and his wife Malavi did yagan for having a son. They were blessed by God Savitr and a beautiful daughter. She was named Savitri honoring the God who gave her life. She was pure and kind.
Her marriage to Satyavan
Savitri’s father asks her to choose a husband for herself. She searches a lot and finally decided to marry the son of the blind king in exile King Dyumatsena.
But then Narada comes and says her father than Satyavan is going to die soon and they shouldn’t get married. Still, Savitri got married.
The death of Satyavan
After a year Satyavan dies in the lap of Savitri under a vat ( Banyan tree). Yama the God of Death comes to claim his soul. But Savitri follows him to the afterlife. Impressed by her will power Yama grants her a boon.
She asks Yama to make her father-in-law well and give him back his kingdom. Along with that, she asked him to give him sons. Yama agreed not realizing it was a trap set cunningly by Savitri.
After that, she asks Yama how she can have sons without her husband. Caught in dilemma Yama finally agrees and gives Satyavan his life back.
I hope you learned all the information and history of Vat Purnima. There have been some differences in stories from other people. I found one very interesting from The Speaking Tree. Feel free to share how you celebrate this festival with your loved ones in the comments section below.