Jyestha purnima

This day is celebrated by women as the Vata Savitri purnima to further their ‘pati vratha’ cause. sometimes i wonder what exactly have men ever done to prove their faithfulness?? the bharateeya naari, be it during the south indian noambu or the north indian karvachauth and more such days like this purnima, keep reinstating their loyalty & pray for the long life of their husbands with such fervor. praying for family is all awesome but ‘dear husband, i am ur pair ki dhool’ business is very shady. as far as it is treated as a romantic day to express love & gratitude to each other, i am all game!
the story goes like this. king satyavaan was cursed that he would die within a year of his marriage and so his wife savitri is said to have prayed & fasted for an entire year after which Yama appeared. She argued with him and brought her husband back to life from the clutches of death with her undying love & ernest prayer. Hence the term ‘sati savitri’ which has been used & abused in 1970’s ka bollywood.
there is this tradition of women gathering around the baniyan tree and taking 7 pradakshinas while tying the holy cotton thread, putting kumkum & sprinkling water on the tree’s bark wishing for marital bliss.


3 Responses to “Jyestha purnima”

  1. karpagavalli November 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    hahaha. i loved the first para. nowadays i think all the days have changed to what you are game for… But, Prasanna loves nombu day ‘cuz thats one day I do namaskaaram to him 😉 as tradition.
    Where is this tradition of banyan tree followed? Can ask grandma and tell as to why they tie the thread on banyan tree? Gurudev keeps telling about the peepal tree and we usually do pradakshinas to this tree… ?!

  2. priyax November 7, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    kk, baniyan = vat (from ‘vat’ savitri) = pippal tree. same to same. vat is representative of savitri, the coolest wife. hence pooja of tree.

  3. aseemtaneja November 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Women should not have to keep reinstating their loyalty and praying for the long life of their husbands. Otherwise, when will they find the time to cook, clean and take care of the children.

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