Jaya Parvati Vrat-2013

Jayaparvati Vrat is observed in Ashada Maas by unmarried girls and married women in Gujarat and some other Western India parts. This vrat is observed for five days for 5 or 7 years.

Jayaparvati Vrat katha or the story or legend of Jaya parvati vrat is associated with a Brahmin woman who observed this vrat to get his husband’s life back. The divine couple Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshipped during this Vrat.

Gujaratis also worship Goddess Gauri in Ashadh Maas as Gauri Vrat.

 

Story:

Once upon a time, there was a Brahmin couple. The husband and wife, who were devotees of Lord Shiva, led a materially content life, but were childless. It is believed that one fine day, Lord Shiva, who was pleased with the couple's selfless devotion, appeared before them and made a revelation. He said, "My Shivlinga is at a certain place in the jungle, lost and revered by none. If you both go there and perform its puja, your wishes will be fulfilled."

The Brahmin couple was overjoyed when they heard this. They went to the jungle and found out the Shivlinga. But, when the husband went in search of flowers to perform the puja, he was bitten by a snake.

The Brahmin's wife, who was worried by now that her husband hadn't returned, went in search of him. Upon finding him dead, she wailed loudly, and prayed to Lord Shiva. Happy with her prayers, Bholenath brought her husband back to consciousness. Later, the couple prayed at the linga and were soon blessed with a son.

Hence, Jaya Parvati vrat is observed keeping in mind this story of a courageous and devoted wife who prayed so diligently that even God had to grant her her wish and bring her husband back to life.

 

Vrat:

When observing Jaya Parvati vrat, one cannot eat salt, wheat or wheat products, and vegetables. It is believed that Jaya Parvati vrat brings happiness and blesses the girl with a good husband and a happy married life.

On the first day of the vrat, wheat seeds (javaara) are planted in a small bowl/pot and kept by the temple in the house. Prayers are then offered to the javaar pot. A 'nagla' (a necklace made from cotton wool) is decorated with vermillion (kumkum). This ritual is carried out every morning and the wheat seeds are watered.

On the last day, the women who have observed the fast have to remain awake whole night of the fifth day called as jagran. On the sixth day the wheat sees (javara) are taken out of the pot are immersed in the holy waters of rivers or ponds after taking a bath and wearing beautiful dresses; offer prayers at Mataji's temple and break the fast by eating a full meal consisting of salt, chapaatis made of wheat, and vegetables.

Ganesha advised to recite the following mantra:

II OM AIM HRIM KLIM CHAMUNDAYEI VICHHE II

 

Place to visit on Jagran Night: Kankaria, Vastrapur Lake, Law Garden, Parimal Garden, Sabarmati Riverfront,etc…..

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