17 May 2023

Know Why Banyan Tree Is Worshiped On Day Of Vat Savitri Vrat & What Women Do On This Day?

The worship of trees is considered to be of special importance in Hinduism. From time to time there are festivals and fasts associated with worshiping of trees. The month of Jyestha is going on, in a few days the fast of Vat Savitri is about to come. 

On the day of Vat Savitri, women will worship the banyan tree and observe fast and wish for long life of their husband. This year Vat Savitri Vrat will be observed on 19th May.

You have come to know all this, but do you know why the banyan tree which is worshiped on the day of Vat Savitri has so much importance in Hinduism? If not, don't worry, today we will tell you why the banyan tree worshiped on Vat Savitri is so important in our religion.

Worshiping the banyan tree is believed to bring longevity, prosperity, unbroken happiness, and the elimination of all conflicts and sorrows.

Why is the banyan tree worshiped?

According to mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva resides in the roots of the Vat tree, Lord Vishnu in the middle and Brahmaji in the front. That is why the banyan tree is also called the tree of gods. 

Along with these three deities, the banyan tree is also believed to be the abode of Goddess Savitri. Banyan tree is a long lived tree. It has many big roots and branches. The spread of the branches and roots of the banyan tree signifies the expansion of the earth. That's why the banyan tree is worshiped for getting children.

Lord Shiva did tapasya

According to religious beliefs, Lord Shiva did tapasya by taking samadhi under the banyan tree. Due to this reason the banyan tree isa so important in our religion. 

There is another mythological story related to the banyan tree, according to which Lord Shri Krishna appeared to sage Markandeya on the leaf of the banyan tree itself. Because of all these beliefs, the banyan tree is so important in Hinduism.


What is the story behind Vat Savitri Vrat?

According to mythology, Mother Savitri had done severe penance to save her husband. Pleased with this penance, Yamraj returned her husband's life under the banyan tree itself and at the same time he also gave a boon of 100 sons to mother Savitri. Along with this, he had also given a boon that the bride who plants a banyan tree will get unbroken good fortune.

What women do on Savitri Vrat

On the day of fasting, women wake up before sunrise, clean the house and take a bath. After this, Naivedya is prepared along with other preparations for the puja. This is followed by the worship of Lord Shiva-Parvati and Ganesha under the banyan tree. After this she provides water to the tree. Then she wraps a cotton thread around the tree. Some women wrap the thread with 11 or 21 circumambulation of the tree as a matter of reverence. Some women also do 108 parikramas of the banyan tree.

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