Bhubaneswar: “Savitri Amavasya” or “Savitri Brata” is observed on the — ‘Amavasya’ in the month of ‘Jyestha’.
This day is most favorable for the married Hindu women whose husbands are alive.
This year Sabitri Brata is being observed on May 22.
A fasting day for married women, the ritual practiced for Savitri is meant for the well-being and long life of the husband.
It is observed by married women who pray for well being of their spouses based on a mythological character Sabitri, the woman who had succeeded in bringing back her husband from the God of death.
As per the legend, Savitri Devi was the beautiful daughter of King Aswapati in Madra Desa kingdom. She had chosen prince Satyavan as her husband. Savitri and Satyavan were married with full of traditions. Savitri go to live with respect and perfect obedience to husband and parents-in-laws. On the death of Satyavan, she vows for fasting and Yamraj was impressed by her purity. Savitri prayed to Yamraj not to take husband from her. Yamraj was impressed by the sheer determination and devotion of Savitri Devi. When ask for any boon, Savitri asks for her husband Satyavan’s life. Yamraj grants Satyavan life back and blessed the couple with eternal happiness. From that day, Savitri Brata festival observed to mark the dedication of wife’s respect to the husband with lifetime relation.
All Hindu women observe this festival worshiping and propitiating Savitri as a Devi.
On Savitri brata — 9 types of fruits and — 9 types of flower are offered to the Goddess Savitri.
After observing fasting for the whole day the fasting women simply take the Bhoga.