Savitri Brata

It is observed by all married women for the well-being of their husbands. Women performing the puja have to observe fast (eating only fruits and soaked raw mung dal during the day, after performing puja). During the puja they read out or listen to Savirti Brata Katha  which is a  poetic rendition of how Maha Sati Savitri saved her husband from the clutches of Yamaraj by dint of her virtues and devotion. (You may download the Savitri Brata Katha in Oriya or English by clicking on the links available at the bottom of this page.) It is a custom for women to  receive money on the occasion from their parents / brothers towards expenses for the puja.

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