Women come together to tie a string around a Banyan tree as they fasted for their husband's well being in Kalyan. Pic/ATUL KAMBLE
Women doing pooja on occasion of Vat Savitri in Kadakpada in Kalyan. Traditionally the pooja of a Banyan tree is done, but the ambition of our netas to provide better roads, flyovers, and transport has devoured many huge and old trees in the city and suburbs. Pic/ATUL KAMBLE
Married women perform puja for the well being of their husbands on Vat Poornima at Jogeshwari in Mumbai. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVAR
A woman prays for the prosperity and longevity of her husband by tying a thread around a Banyan tree.
Vat Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day which is the 15th day of the month of Jyeshtha on the Hindu calendar, which falls in June on the Gregorian calendar. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVAR
The celebration honours Savitri, the legendary wife who rescued her husband Satyavan's soul from the ruler of the departed, Yama. Pic/ATUL KAMBLE
The day's ritual involves worshipping a banyan (vata) tree by applying holy 'red kumkum' (vermillion) and turmeric and placing flowers and lighting incense sticks reverentially and culminates with the women circumambulating the tree seven times round, unwinding a spool of white thread in their hands as a priest recites mantras. Pic/AFP
Vat Purnima or the Banyan tree full moon is observed in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
As legend has it, women pray to the banyan tree under which Satyavan was breathing his last breath on his wife Savitri's lap.
The only hitch for today's Savitris is that a banyan tree is hard to find.
Decked up in all their finery, women observed a fast and then performed the puja around the holy Vat tree, known as the peepal (banyan) tree.
On the occasion of Vata Savitri Purnima married Hindu women keep a fast for the long-life and good health of their husbands and break their fast by performing rituals beneath a banyan tree. Pic/AFP
It is believed that this Vrat (fast) can bless the devotee with good fortune and a better life.
Women generally offer 9 types of fruits and flowers to Goddess Savitri on this day.
Tradition and celebration came together as Vat Purnima was marked across the city and many other parts of the nation.
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Married women in Mumbai and other parts of India celebrated Vat Purnima, also called Vat Savitri, on Thursday. We have pictures...