Vat Savitri Puja and Vrat is observed under Banyan tree by Hindu married women for wishing good health and long life of their husbands.
Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat/Jyeshtha Amavasya 2018 date:
Jyeshtha Amavasya Vrat Tithi falls this year on Tuesday,15th May 2018. Jyeshtha Amavasya Tithi begins at 07:46 pm on 14th May 2018 and ends at 05:17 pm on 15th May next day. It is also observed as Jyeshtha Shraddha Amavasya for Snan-daan.
Fast or Vrat will be observed according to Purnimant calendar on Jyeshtha Amavasya on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by the devotees who follow Purnimant calendar, in India, Nepal and different parts of the world. Others observe fast (Snan-daan,Vrat) on Jyeshtha Purnima.
Significance of Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat:
This fast is observed by women to destroy the bad effects of sins and fulfill their long awaited desires. It is believed that Savitri brought back her husband Satyavan on this Amavasya Tithi after praying to Yamraj. Married women keep fast and recite Vat Savitri Katha to pray for well-being and long lives of their husbands and observe it with great devotion as Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat and Vat Puja.
Method: Take bath or holy dip in river water on Jyestha Snaan-daan Shraddha Amavasya which is on Tuesday, May 15 2018, worship and offer Jal (holy water) to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.Then offer water to Vat Vriksha (Banyan tree). Donate food, sesame seeds (black till) water, cold drink to poor people or food to cows,street dogs,birds or ants, you can also donate clothes or bedding(Snaan and Anna, Jal, Vastra Daan)to needy old or poor persons or donate some money as Dakshina to Brahmins. It is believed, that the sinful deeds done in the past will be destroyed by doing all these Snaan-daan rituals.