The Hindu festival of Jaya Parvati Vrat holds immense significance among women. It is a 5-day fasting celebration that is observed by women in Northern parts of India, especially Gujarat. The festivities and the Vrat is basically associated with Goddess Jaya, an avatar of Goddess Parvati. Jaya Parvati Vrat is a 5-day festival that is celebrated in the month of Ashadha. The festivities begin on Trayodashi tithi in Shukla Paksha and ends on Tritiya tithi in Krishna Paksha after a span of 5 days. Unmarried women observe this fast for good husband whereas married women observe this fast for marital bliss and for their husband’s long life. This fast, if begun once, should be continued for 5, 7, 9, 11 or 20 years consistently.
When is Jaya Parvati Vrat?
As per Hindu Calendar, Jaya Parvati Vrat will begin on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi and will end on Shravana Krishna Paksha Tritiya tithi.
Importance of Jaya Parvati Vrat
Women observe Jaya Parvati Vrat for either a good husband and to assure happiness and love in their married life. It is believed that those who observe this fast devotedly are blessed with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This Vrat is observed for the family’s well being and to ensure happiness and prosperity in home. All the wishes and desires of the devotees are fulfilled if they observe Jaya Parvati Vrat with devotion.
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Jaya Parvati Vrat - Rituals And Celebrations
Jaya Parvati Vrat is observed in dedication to Goddess Jaya. The devotees who observe this fast should strictly abstain from eating food with salt in it for 5 days. Consumption of wheat and some vegetables is also not permitted during this period.
- On the first day of this fast, Javara or wheat seeds are planted in a small earthen pot and is placed at the place of worship in one’s home. Then, the devotees perform puja of this pot for 5 days continuously. The pot containing wheat seeds is watered everyday at the time of Puja. Vermillion is put on a necklace-like strand made of cotton wool which is known as Nagla. This strand is then kept around the edges of the pot.
- On the last day of the fast, women who observe Jaya Parvati Vrat observe Jaya Parvati Jagran. On the night of this day, they stay awake all night long singing hymns and bhajans and chanting Aartis. This night vigil is done till the next day which is celebrated as Gauri Tritiya when this 5-day long fast is broken.
- On the very next day of Jagran, the wheat grass in the pot is taken out and put in a holy river or any other water body. Puja is performed and other important religious rituals are observed, after which, women break the fast by eating a wholesome meal comprising of cereals, vegetables and salt.
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