Most Hindu women observed Vata Purnima in Goa by worship banyan trees whereas some women practice Vata Purnima by worshiping banyan trees branches at their homes with the priest.
“Vat Purnima” or Wata Pournima is a celebration observed in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, India. vat Pournima is the festival for Maharashtrian women, which is celebrated in the month of Jesht (May–June). Women observe a fast and tie threads around a banyan tree and pray for the same husband in every birth.
On this occasion of Vata Savitri Purnima women keep fast For their husbands, women wear bridal type dresses and jewellery.Their fast is observed the whole night till the next morning.After breaking their fast, fruits, clothes and such other articles are given in charity in a bamboo basket to the Brahmin’s. Women worship a banyan (vata) tree, and listen to the story of Savitri in groups. after all this women can offer prayer and worship. during this puja women pray for good health of their husbands. women feed water to the tree, sprinkle red powder (kumkum) on it, cotton threads are wrapped round tree’s trunks and then they go seven times round and do the parikrama.
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