Jivitputrika Vat is observed on the Ashtami Tithi (the Hindu calendar month Ashwin) Jitiya Vrat (or Jivitputrika Vrat), is one of the most difficult fasts. It is observed widely by women in Bihar and Jharkhand. This fast is observed by women to ensure their children live long, healthy lives. On September 18, Jivitputrika Vat will be observed.
Mothers are asked to fast on this auspicious day for their children. Mothers must not drink water throughout the day for the good of their children. It is believed that this fast helps in removing all the hurdles from a child’s life.
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You can listen or read the Jivitputrika Vrat Katha to learn more about the fast.
Jivitputrika Vrat Katha
According to Hindu mythology, Prince Jimutavahana’s father, the ruler of Gandharva, was a holy man. After many years of rule, he fled the palace and moved to the forest. As king, Prince Jimutavahana succeeded. Jimutvahana shared his father’s generosity and compassion. He was a ruler for many years before he too abandoned the royal palace to join his father in the forest.
He met a Nag woman while walking through the forest. He had a scared expression on his face. Jimutvahana inquired about her problems. She said that Nag Lok’s subjects had promised Pakshiraj Garuda at least one member from their community to provide food for him. Her son was required to be there that day, and she was devastated.
Being a kind-hearted soul like his father Jimutvahana assured her that she need not sacrifice her son’s life to Garuda. Instead, he promised to feed Garuda.
Jimutvahana wrapped himself in red cloth and approached Garuda, who took him by the paws. Jimutvahana then narrated to Garuda the whole story of how he offered himself as a sacrifice for someone else’s life.
Impressed by Jimutvahana’s kindness, Garuda granted him life and promised not to take any life henceforth.
According to this mythological tale, mothers should read the Jivitputra Vat Katha to ensure their children are safe from harm.
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