Jivitputrika Vrat 2020: On 10 September, Suhagin women pray for the long life of their children by keeping Jitiya fast like this year every year. Jitiya Vrat is also known as Jeevaputrika Vrat. Jitiya fast is celebrated with great enthusiasm mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The Jitiya fast is mainly done to wish the child happiness and prosperity.
Jitiya fast lasts for three days. On the first day of the fast, take a bath, on the second day a nirjala fast is observed and on the third day, it is celebrated. According to the Hindu calendar, Jitiya fast is kept from Ashtami Tithi to Navami Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month. Ashtami Tithi will begin on 09 September at 1:30 pm. This date will be on Thursday, September 10, at 4:30 in the afternoon.
A day before the Jitiya fast, women wake up early in the morning and bathe and then worship. After this, Jitiya will accept food only after fasting. Women who fast during Jitiya fast observe Nirjala fast throughout the day. On Paran day, something is eaten only after offering Arghya to the Sun. On the day of Jitiya fast, Jhor Bhat, Bharuva bread, and Noni greens are eaten.
The story of this fast is related to the Mahabharata period. According to religious stories, Ashwatthama entered the Pandavas’ camp with a feeling of revenge for his father’s death in the Mahabharata war. Five people were sleeping inside the camp. Ashwatthama killed them as Pandavas, but they were the five children of Draupadi. Arjun then took Ashwatthama captive and took her divine gem.
Ashwatthama again seeks revenge to kill the children born in the womb of Abhimanyu’s wife Uttara and he destroys Uttara’s womb with Brahmastra. Then Lord Krishna revived the unborn child of Uttara. Being alive after dying in the womb, the child was named Jeevaputrika. Then from that time on, Jitiya’s fast began to be kept for the long life of the child