Vat Savitri Puja - Rituals
All women following Hindu religion observe this Vat Savitri Puja for their husband’s well being. Women worship the legendary Savitri as Goddess and observe fast for their husband’s long life. The festivities begin before two days as few ladies fast for 3 continuous days while some have tradition to observe only on the main purnima or Vat Savitri Day.
Women wake up early and take bath and get ready as a perfect married woman with all necessary accessories. Ladies wear new clothes, new bangles and apply bindi on forehead and vermilion on the hair-parting line. Ladies fast for the health and well being of their husbands. In the afternoon, Ladies seek blessings by bowing low to their respective husbands and elderly people.
Savitri is worshipped on this day as an incarnation of goddess and Vat or Banyan tress is also equally revered on this day.
Then all women of near by places move together to temple with Banyan or Vat tree. As per custom, Ladies pour holy Ganga water on the tree, and tie red threads around the tree while going around the tree for 108 times and wish for long conjugal life to their spouses.
Wet pulses, rice, mango, jack fruit, lemon, banana and several other fruits are offered as Bhoga. The temple priest performs the puja and then recites the story of Savitri and Satyawan. Finally, after observing fasting for the whole day they simply take the offered Bhoga.