Sunday 30 June 2013

Vat Savitri ..Part 1.

Namaste Readers..!
The title of this post leaves very little to your let me not delay things any further, as this post is already too long and coming after a very long break.

Last Sunday was Vat Poornima aka Vat Savitri Puja.
And So-Saree being a sucker for following traditions and rituals, couldn't resist the temptation to write about this one.
This post was supposed to go live last Sunday itself, but ...
what the didnt..!
So..where was I..??

For those who dont know..Vat Savitri is the Maharashtrian equivalent of Karwa Chauth.
(I am sure you know about Karwa the Chopras and Johars of Bollywood have spent their entire lives immortalising this ritual.)
Since the scope of this Vrat/Puja was too long to be compiled in a single post, I have decided to split it in parts.

The First Part is my fav part..Story time folks...!
Again, the story is what my Aai told me..n mum's always right..! So if u have any doubts please feel free to check with Wiki.
The Vat Savitri Puja is done in memory of an incident which is a sub plot in Mahabharta.
This is how the story goes...
Savitri was the only daughter of King Asvapati. The King had given his beautiful daughter, the permission to choose her husband, and she chose Satyawan whom she met in a forest.
Satyawan was the son of a blind King Dyumatsena who had lost his kingdon and lived in exile in the forest.
When Savitri met Satyawan, he was carrying his blind parents in two baskets balanced on either side of a stick. (remember Shravan Kumar???)
Impressed by his dedication to his parents, Savitri chooses him as her righteous partner. But before she could break the news to her Father, he had already learnt about Savitri's choice from Narada...(the Google equivalent of Indian mythology.)
But what Savitri didn't know was that Satyawan was destined to die in a year..(so Narada was better than Google in that advanced version you can say..!)
King Asvapati, tried to change her mind, but Savitri was adamant and chose to stick to her choice.
Finally her Father relented and got them married. After marrying Satyawan, Savitri embraced the life of a hermit and began living in a forest facing a lot of hardships. But she was a devoted wife and daughter in law, and left no stone unturned in fulfilling her responsibilities and duties.
A year passed by, and the day Satyawan was predicted to die was soon approaching..
3 days prior to the day, Savitri started a fast ..a very strict n disciplined one.
The morning Satyawan was destined to die, Savitri accompanied her husband to the forest. Satyawan while cutting wood from a Banyan tree (Vat Vriksha) fell down and fainted..!
Savitri placed her husband's head on her lap, and saw Yama- the God of Death who had come to claim the soul of Satyawan. She saw him carrying the soul of Satyavan and started following him. Yama first ignored Savitri thinking that she will soon return back to her husband’s body. But she persisted and kept on following him.
Yama tried to persuade her saying it is against the nature of law to return the dead to life, but Savitri remained adamant and kept following Yama, saying she would go anywhere her Husband goes.
Finally, Yama told her that he will grant her 3 boons barring of course, the life of her husband, if she stopped following him..
And this is what Savitri asked for:
First Boon: Her in-laws be granted their eye sight, and be reinstated in their kingdom with full glory.
Second Boon: a 100 sons for her father
Third Boon: a 100 sons for herself

Yama said,"Granted."
The moment he uttered those words, Savitri replied, ‘Now that you have granted me the boon of having children please return my husband as I can only have children from him.’

Soon Yama realized that he had been tricked by Savitri, but seeing her persistence, he gave her back her husband's soul and asked her to return to her husband's body. When she reached the banayan tree, her husband was lying dead. She started going round (pradakshina) the Vat Vriksha and when she completed the pradakshina, Satyavan woke up as if from sleep.
This is the story of Satyawan and Savitri.
(Much better than Romeo and Juliet I say..atleast they both live in the end..)

Women worship the Vat Vriksha and perform Savitri Puja in memory of this event praying for the long lives of their husbands.

That's it for today guys..hope you enjoyed reading this story.

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  1. :-)
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  2. Hmmm..that was to the old days...

  3. Wow this was a nice story (I knew some other version, but this one is good too.) and yes much better than Romeo n Juliet.

  4. Nice story :) I didnt know about this one. Love the way you have written, simple and interesting :)

  5. Love this

  6. I ave read this one!

  7. i enjoyed the story..i like reading and listening to these old mythological tales..but i honestly don't get the idea of fasting to earn goodwill from god for anything.

  8. Interesting to go through the history again. U presented it well, I would need to keep this post in favorites for referring it back again. Agree with debi's comment though. But i am still confused of what goodwill fasting could bring to us.but I prefer to go with my ancestral feed.

  9. Hi Aditi, been missing your posts! Glad to see this might be interested in knowing what one of my close friend always says about rituals like fasting.."you earn far more goodwill by helping someone in need than fasting or puja etc." I am a huge fan of this statement..not that I'm personally against fasting! Just thought about sharing it:-)

  10. Beautiful read. Nice to read the story once again. Its been ages since someone told me all these traditional stories. Granny used to tell me when I was kid........ So nostalgic............ :) :) :)
    Btw, @Surbhi & @Debi, the vrat is not to be taken literally... Fasting literally wont bring any good. But 'controlling the mind', not to think of food, for an entire day, even when feeling hungry is the concept behind why our ancestors came up with this ritual!
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