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This word reflects the whole origin and significance of the Vat-Savitri pooja. A fasting day for married women, the ritual practiced for Savitri is meant for the well-being and long life of the husband. The fasting is assigned to Savitri and Satyavan her husband, who was destined to die within one year but was brought back to life by her severe penance. The God of death, Yama is implored by Savitri when he is about to leave his body and due to her sheer determination and devotion to her husband, she wins him back to life and soon Satayavan regains his lost kingdom.

The vrata has been named after Savitri. Savitri was the beautiful daughter of king Ashwapati of Madra Kingdom. She selected Satyavan as her life's partner, a prince in exile who was living in the forest with his blind father Dyumatsen. She left the palace an lived with her husband and the in-laws in the forest. As a devoted wife and daughter in-law she took all pains to take care of them.

One day while cutting wood in the jungle Satyavan head reeled and he fell down from the tree and then expired on the lap of his beloved wife, Savitri. Then appeared Yamraj, the death God to take away the soul of Satyavan from his body. Savitri, deeply hurt pleaded to Yamraj not to be separated from her husband. If at all he would take away the soul of her husband she would also follow. Yamraj, moved by the devotion of Savitri returned the life of her husband. Satyavan came to life again and both of them lived happily thereafter.

Most Hindu women observe this festival worshiping and propitiating Savitri as a Devi. On this day, early morning the women take purificatory bath and wear new clothes, new bangles and apply vermilion on the hair-parting line. Then Savitri is worshiped. Wet pulses and rice, mango, lemon, banana and several other fruits are offered as Bhog (offering). After observing fasting for the whole day they simply take the bhog. In the afternoon when all formalities of worship are over they bow low to their respective husbands and elderly people.

This festival is celebrated throughout India, especially in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Orissa. In south India this fast is known as Karadaiyan Nonbu and is observed by married women of Tamil Nadu and Karanataka.

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