This occasion is specially for married women (typical Marathi called Suvashini, Saubhagyavati). Women worship the banyan tree in religious manner keeping whole day fast. They pray for long life of their husband.
The legend behind the banyan tree; is the story of
and Savitri. The story goes that Satyavan and Savitri
were married. It had been foretold that Satyavan would die early.
One day, Satyavan, after cutting the morning firewood,
felt tired and lay his head down on Savitri's lap under a
banyan tree. Savitri knew that the predicted end was near and
waited fearfully for one of the messengers of Yama, the God of
Death. When the messenger came, Savitri refused to give up her
husband and sent him packing. Messenger after messenger tried to take Satyavan
away, but in vain. Finally, Yama himself appeared before her. Since
she was still adamant, he offered her a boon. She asked for the well being
of her in-laws. He granted it to her. She then followed him as he took Satyavan's
body away. He offered her another boon. She now asked for the well being
of her parents. This boon, too, was granted. But she was relentless, and
continued to follow him. As they approached Yama's abode, he
offered her a final boon. She asked for a son. He granted it. She then
asked him how it would be possible for her to beget sons without her
husband. Yama was trapped and had to return her husband.
This festival is specially for women. Women wore beautiful saries & Jewelries, visit all neighbor families, also give invitation to other known ladies for "Haldi-Kunku" ceremony. Thus ladies enjoy the day offering sweets & chatting.
M. Gandhi Jayanti
Parsi New Year
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