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Vat Savitri 2024: Date, shubh muhurat, history, meaning, puja rituals and everything you need to know

Vat Savitri is an important Hindu festival celebrated by married Hindu women. It is customary for women to fast and pray to a Banyan tree for the health of their husbands on this auspicious day. This observance involves a strict fast and recitation of the story of Savitri and Satyavan, a legendary couple known for their devotion. In the month of Jyeshtha, Vat Savitri falls on Amavasya Tithi, or the day of the new moon, and it is interesting to note that the Vat Savitri vrat has two versions. On the day of the new moon, Amavasya Tithi, in the month of Jyeshtha, women in Northern India fast. In Maharashtra it is observed on Purnima Tithi, the full moon day of the month. From date to muhurat, scroll down for more information. (Also: Shani Jayanti 2024: Date, rituals, puja muhurat, meaning and everything you need to know )

When is Vat Savitri 2024? Date and time

Hindu women tie thread to Banyan tree as part of rituals of Vat Savitri puja. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

According to Drik Panchang, the date and timing of the auspicious festival of Vat Savitri 2024 are as follows:

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Vata Savitri Amavasya: Thursday, June 6, 2024

Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat: Friday, June 21, 2024

Amavasya Tithi starts: 7:54 PM on June 5, 2024

Amavasya Tithi Ends: 6:07 PM on June 6, 2024

Meaning of Vat Savitri 2024

According to ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Bhavishyottar and Skanda Puranas, the Vat Savitri Vrat has great significance. These texts emphasize the worship of the banyan tree during this celebration. In Hinduism, the banyan tree symbolizes the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara – with Shiva being represented by the top, Vishnu by his trunk and Brahma by his roots.

During this holy occasion, Hindu women fast and pray for the success and well-being of their husbands. These customs are observed to ensure the safety and prosperity of their spouses. The Vat Savitri Vrat serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring bond and unwavering devotion between married partners.

Vat Savitri 2024 history

The roots of Vat Savitri go back to an ancient Hindu legend told in the Mahabharata. The story revolves around Savitri, the daughter of King Ashwapati, and her husband, Satyavan. According to legend, Satyavan was doomed to perish a year after their union. Savitri was undeterred by fate and showed remarkable dedication and determination. She confronted Lord Yama, the deity of death, and begged him to spare her husband’s life. Through her cleverness and unwavering determination, she convinced Lord Yama to restore Satyavan’s life. This story illustrates the profound power of a woman’s love and devotion to her husband.

Vat Savitri 2024 rituals

– Get up early and bathe ceremoniously.

– Prepare purely vegetarian dishes such as semolina halwa and malpua.

– Dress in traditional attire such as saris or suits and adorn with jewelry.

– Collect essential items such as a water-filled kalash, white sacred thread, turmeric, vermilion and flowers.

– Perform rituals at the Banyan tree including offering water, garlanding it, applying turmeric and vermilion, offering rice grains and tying the sacred thread around the tree while circling it seven times.

– Light an earthen lamp with clarified butter and burn incense sticks while offering sweets.

– Offer prayers to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma for the prosperity and well-being of your partner.

– When you return home, seek blessings from the elderly by touching their feet.

– Today’s celebration of Vat Savitri Vrat signifies the rich cultural heritage and enduring traditions that unite families and communities through shared beliefs and customs.

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