2rd June, 2015 is vat poornima which is a celebration observed in the Western India. Purnima means "full moon" and is celebrated on the full moon day (the 15th) of the month of Jyeshtha on the Hindu calendar, which falls in June on the Gregorian calendar. Women pray for the prosperity and longevity of their husbands by tying threads around a banyan tree or waṭ, which is called "pipal puja", on this day. It honours Savitri, the legendary wife who rescued her husband's soul from the ruler of the departed, Yama.
I did Wat pooja in the morning and went for work. Everyone around me in office, society was surprised that I am still following the ritual. It made me think, is it really regressive or just a ritual without glamour. To be honest, before marriage it all seemed foolish to take rounds of a tree to save your husbands life. Oh common, how is it possible to save anyone. Plus there was no one around me who followed it and could actually tell the real story.
That’s when I started to ask questions as to why should new age career women should follow this? What is the real essence of the ritual?
Let me tell you my interpretation of the story.
1. It is story of Savitri and Satyavan. Savitri married woodcutter Satyavan against her dad’s wish. It means it was love marriage. Pretty modern right?. Basically, she was ready to leave all the wealthy pleasure for love. She was strong lady who could take decisions on her own.
2. At the time when yama was taking away her husband, she followed yama to the end. She was determined to get the life of her husband back. It was very gutsy move on the her part.
3. At the end, when yama granted her 3 wishes, one of her wish was to be mother of satyavan’s son. This was not possible as he was dead. Yama realized that savitri has outwitted him. Eventually, granted her wish.
I think savitri represents free spirited, strong woman. We should celebrate it.
Hope you do the pooja next year.