Vat Purnima 2024 Date, Significance, Rituals, and History!

The Vat Purnima puja 2024 is going to be celebrated on the 21st June, Friday during Jyeshtha Amavasa according to the Purnima calendar. This festival is celebrated every twice in India and this festival is celebrated on both bright and dark fortnight.

Vat Purnima 2024 Date

A prominent festival for Hindu women, Vat Purnima involves observing a fast for the wellbeing and long life of their husband.  This year it will take place on 21 June. In the Purnima calendar Vat Purnima is observed during the Jyeshtha Amavasya which coincides with the Shanti Jayanti. 

Some people believe in celebrating Vat puja on the dark fortnight and is known as the Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat and some believe in celebrating the puja on a bright fortnight and is known as Vat Purnima Vrat. It is a common belief that the fast blesses the devotees and the women are able to bring good luck and perspective to their husband. 

Vat Purnima tithi begins on 21 June at 7:31 a.m. and ends on 22 June at 6:37 a.m. Married women in Maharashtra, Gujrat and Southern Indian States observe Vat Purnima Vrat 15 days later than that of North Indian Women.  

Vat Purnima Vrat 2024 date 21 June, Friday 2024
Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat 5 June, Wednesday 2024
Tithi Begins 21 June at 7:31 a.m.
Tithi ends 22 June at 6:37 a.m.

Vat Purnima 2024 Significance

The Vat Purnima Vrat will take place on 21 June this year. The Vat Purnima Vrat is observed by married Hindu women, according to the legend great Savitri tricked lord Yama, the lord of death and compelled him to return the life of her husband Satyawan. 

Hence married women observe Vat Purnima Vrat for the well -being and long life of their husband. The Vat or Banyan tree has a great significance in Hindu rituals. The banyan tree represents three supreme deities of Hindu- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, married women observe Vat Vrat for three days and begins two days prior to the Purnima in the Jyeshtha month. 

Most of the festival of Hindus in Amanta and Purnimanta lunar calendar fall on the same day, what makes Vat Purnima Vrat unique is that in Purnimanta calendar Vat Purnima Vrat is observed during Jyeshtha Amavasya that also coincides with the Shani Jyanati.

Vat Purnima Date 2024

Vat Purnima 2024 Rituals

On the evening of the fast, take a bath and worship Goddess Savitri and Satyawan under the banyan tree. Married women who wish to conduct this Vrat and puja, wear new colourful clothes, bright bangles and apply vermillion on the forehead. They put one leaf of banyan on their hair. 

There are some rituals that followed by the married women:

  • As a Hindu married woman begins the Vat Purnima Vrat on the Trayodashi.
  • On the first day of the fast they apply sesame paste and amla. 
  • Consume the roots of the Banyan tree during the Vat Vrat.
  • Then womens paint the Banyan tree on the wood or plate it with turmeric or sandalwood paste and worship this for the next three days. 
  • On the fourth day of fasting, wake up early in the morning and take a bath. 
  • Establish the idol of Satyawan Savitri and Yamraj at the Banyan tree. 
  • Womens wear bridal clothes along with jewellery and vermillion on their forehead.  
  • Offers prayers to the Banyan tree and also pray to Savitri who should be worshipped as a deity. 
  • Sprinkle vermillion around the tree and tie yellow or red coloured sacred threads around the trunk of the tree. 
  • Now move around the tree seven times and chant prayers.
  • If you are still an unmarried girl then you can dress in a yellow sari and pray to get a good husband for your life.
  • Then break your fast on the Purnima by having the prasad which includes wet pulses, mango, jack fruits, banana and lemon. 

History of Vat Purnima 2024

Princess Savitri fell in love with Satyawan and was made aware of the news that Satyawan was destined to die within a year and she promised not to let him die. As predicted one year later Satyawan died in the forest while cutting wood under a Banyan tree and Yamraj came to collect his soul. 

Savitri continuously begs for his life, and Yamraj was impressed by the devotion of Savitri and gave back her husband’s life. The Satyawan- Savitri story tells the true bonding between husband and wife relationship and the essence of the true married life. 

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