Vat purnima or vatt savitri vrat (Vatapourṇimā) is a vowed religious observance performed by married women on the full moon day (pourṇimā) of the Hindu lunar month, Jyeshtha, to prolong their wifehood. Deity Brahmā along with Saraswatī Devī are the main Deities while Satyawan, Savitri,Narad and Deity Yama are the subordinate Deities in this vowed religious observance (vrat).
Among the famous, chaste women (pativratas) of India, Savitri is considered the ideal. She is also considered the symbol of eternal wifehood.
When Deity Yama took Satyawan’s (her husband’s) life, Savitri debated with Him for three days. Appeased with her knowledge of the scriptures and her selfless determination, Deity Yama brought Satyawan back to life. The debate took place under a banyan (vata) tree.
Hence the banyan tree is associated with Savitri. Women began this vowed religious observance for the longevity of their husbands
. The banyan tree ( vata vriksha), fig (pimpal), Holy fig (oudumbar) and shami trees are considered sacred and are used in sacrificial fires (yadnyas). Among all these trees, the life of the banyan tree, is the longest. It also spreads extensively by the means of its aerial roots.
Women ritualistically worship the Deities Brahmā and Saraswatī residing in the banyan tree and make prayers like, ‘Please bestow health, longevity, wealth and progeny upon my husband and I. May our family grow and become prosperous.’
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‘ By worshipping vat vriksha on this holy day wifehood of a woman remains prolonged’
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