Why celebrate Jitiya festival 2023-जितिया पर्व
According to the Hindu Panchang, Jitiya Vrat is observed every year on Ashtami (Why celebrate Jitiya festival 2023-जितिया पर्व) of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month. According to Hindu Panchang, Ashtami Tithi is starting on 7th October at 06:00 AM. As per Udaya Tithi, Jitiya Vrat will be observed on 7th October. 6th October 2023, Saturday will be bathed and eaten. Nirjala Vrat will be observed on 7th October 2023, Saturday.
Jitiya Vrat 2023 Vrat:
Jitia Vrat can be observed on 7th October 2023 after 06:00AM.
Mythological Vrat stories related to Jitiya Vrat:
According to one story, it is said that Ashwatthama was very angry after the death of his father in the battle of Mahabharata. A sense of revenge was burning in his heart. Due to this he entered the camp of Pandavas.
Five people were sleeping inside the camp. Ashwatthama killed him mistaking him for a Pandava. They were all five children of Draupadi. Then Arjuna captured him and took away his divine gem. Ashwatthama destroyed Abhimanyu’s wife Uttara’s unborn child in revenge.
In this way, Lord Krishna gave the fruit of all his virtues to Uttara’s unborn child and brought him back to life in her womb. Because the child died in the womb and came back to life, that child was named Jivitputrika. Since then Jitiya vrat was started for long life of children and good fortune.
Mythology of Jitiya Vrat;
Gandharvaraja Jimutavahana was a very religious and ascetic man. In his youth, he left Rajpat and went to serve his father in the forest. One day while visiting he met Nagamata, when Jimutavahana asked the reason for her lamentation, he told that the Naga clan is very troubled by Garuda, to protect the clan, the clan has made an agreement with Garuda that they will eat a snake every day. He will take it and in return he will not hunt our group.
In this process today his son has to go in front of Garuda. After listening to Nagamata’s whole story, Jimutavahan promised her that he would not let anything happen to his son and instead of wrapping him in a cloth, he would lie down in front of Garuda on the rock from where Garuda takes his food and he did so. Garuda pressed Jimutavahana in his claws and flew towards the mountain.
When Garuda saw that the place where the snake was screaming and crying was quiet as usual, he removed the cloth and found Jimutavahana. Jimutvahan told the whole story to Garuda, after which he left Jimutvahan and promised not to eat snakes.
Jitiya Vrat Pooja method:
- After taking a bath in the morning, during the Vrati Pradosh period, clean the floor of the puja place with cow dung.
- After this, make a small pond there. Then bring a piece of dal near the pond and make it stand.
- Now install the idol of Dharmatma Jimutvahana, the son of Shalivahana king, in the water vessel.
- After this decorate them with Deep, Dhoop, Akshat, Roli and red and yellow cotton.
- Now enjoy them.
- Now make an image of a female eagle and a female jackal from clay or dung.
- Offer red sindoor to both.
- Now pray for the progress and efficiency of the son.
- After this, listen and read the fasting story.
Significance of Jitiya Vrat:
Jitia vrat is kept for long life of children, healthy body and happy life. This fast starts with bathing and eating. Nirjala fast is observed on the second day and fast on the third day. On Paran day 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 i.e. an odd number of green vegetables are prepared and taken as prasad.