Significance & Rituals Followed During Jyeshtha Purnima

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Jyeshtha Purnima is a ritual followed during full moon in the month of Jyeshtha. Simple pooja items are required for the pooja. Here’s more on the special day.

The Hindu Calendar offers many scope of Puja and Vrat throughout the year. Jyeshtha Purnima is one such vrat and ritual which is observed by the married women. The puja requires simple pooja items for the worship and all it requires is fasting and sincere worship.

The Day:- As per Indian calendar, Jyeshtha is the 3rd month of the year. This month usually comes covering the months of May and June. The month of Jyeshtha begins with sun entering Taurus in the 2nd month of the year. The Purnima (Full Moon Day) which occurs in this month is called Jyeshtha Purnima.

Significance 1:- Jyestha Purnima is also known by other names such as Vat Savitri Purnima, Jyeshtha Purnima, etc. It is the day associated with the legend of Satyavan Savitri. Savitri, who is said to be the ideal example of a perfect partner, is hailed and celebrated on this day. The legend goes like this that Savitri had lost her husband Satyavan to death. She however was determined to bring Satyavan back to life. She then pleaded to Yamraj – the God of death to bring him back to life. She kept on with her plea till Yamraj relented to bring Satyavan back to life. The deities which are worshipped on this day are Brhma, Savitri, Satyavan, Narada, Yama. This celebration takes place on Jyeshta Purnima.

Significance 2:- Jyeshtha Purnima also gets its name from the fact that Vishnu who is also called Jyeshtha Shreshtha Prajapita is also invoked on this day.

Significance 3:- Jyeshtha Maas is also the month when sacred river Ganga entered into the earth due to the efforts of King Bhagirath. So, the day is also is a remembrance of the sacred blessing that Earth received through Ganga.

Rituals followed:- This is the day when women keep fast in remembrance of Savitri for the long life of their husbands. Following rituals are supposed to be followed on this day:-

  • Getting up early, before sunrise, and taking a dip in the Holy river and offering prayers.
  • This is to be followed by worshipping the banyan tree and starting the Vrat. Banyan Tree is worshipped as it signifies the symbol of three Indian Gods namely Bramha, Mahesh & Vishnu. This is followed by prayers to Savitri.
  • Recitation of Savitri Satyavan Vrat Katha is a must.
  • Women mostly wear bright and bridal dresses along with jewellery. Applying of vermillion on the forehead is a must.
  • The Banyan tree is also to scopes with paste of sandalwood & Turmeric. It is a practice to offer prayers for three consecutive days.
  • Women devotees are supposed to eat Banyan tree roots during Jyeshtha Purnima Vrat They must take seven rounds of it while chanting prayers.
  • The fast must be broken by taking prasad comprising of pulses and fruits like Jackfruit, Mango and Banana.

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