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Vat Pournima

Vat Purnima in Jyeshta is marked on June 25, 2010.

Vat Pournima is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra, India. Since Pournima means "full moon", the celebration are observed on a full moon day in the month of June. Women on this day tie threads around a banyan tree and pray for their husbands. This festival is carried out in Honor of Savitri, a legendary wife who escaped death for her husband's life.

This festival is basically carried out for the safety of the husbands.On this full moon day of Jyestha vat savitri puja is also observed to honor the legendary Chaste wife Savitri.According to the legends, Savitri fought with death to recover the life of her husband.This Vat savitri puja is mainly carried out in the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar praddesh, Delhi and Orissa.

Married women carry a fasting day which is a ritual practice for savitri.It is meant for the well-being and long life of their husband. This ritual is carried out for Savitri and Satyavana who was her husband and was destined to die within one year. However he was brought back to life by savitri severe penance. Yama who is the god of death was implored by Savitri.She finally wins her husbands life back from the god of death due to her sheer determination and devotion to her husband.

How to Do vat Savitri Puja in USA

Contact your local temple for information.

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