Pugga Vrat: The fast for prosperity and wealth for children by Indian women - watsupptoday.com
Pugga Vrat: The fast for prosperity and wealth for children by Indian women
Posted 24 Jan 2019 01:37 PM

Ganesh Chaturthi or sankashti chaturth is considered as an important festival for Marathis in our country. Devotees of Lord Ganesha set up a puja pandal on this occasion where Lord Ganesha is worshipped . Few devotees observe fast on this very day in most parts of northern India but the fast culture is more prevalent in Jammu and is termed as “Pugga da Vrata” in Dogri language wherein women (mothers) wake up early in the morning, take bath and then visit nearest temples to offer puja to the Lord.

Women keep this fast for the welfare and prosperity of their children (especially male children). This fast is considered more difficult than Karwa Chauth because in this fast women cannot even have sargi ( a festive meal consisting of milk, Fenis, Jalebis etc. taken by Hindu women before sunrise) in the breakfast. Throughout the day they would recite mantras and sing bhajans praising the Lord in their own ways.

The fast is broken only after paying obeisance to the moon with pugga, radish, salad, sweets, sesame ladoos ( Til ke ladoo which are considered very beneficial for health and religiously they are supposed to protect from evil spirits) , kheer etc.

Different types of sweets are prepared in which modak (ladoo, a sweetmeat made of flour and sugar) is particularly made as Ganesha is believed to be fond of it.

Once upon a time, there lived a woman in a village who had seven sons. One day she went to the forest to bring soil for the renovation and painting of her home (this was in the month of kartik) just before the Hindu festival Deepawali . She started digging soil with axe nearby a den. Suddenly the woman’s axe fell on the cub in the den and the cub died. The woman felt very sorry and sympathetic. She took soil from the forest and came back.

Few days later, all her seven sons died within a year. She was very sad. One day she narrated her woes to old ladies in her village, she was crying and told them that she didn’t commit the sin and it happened unintentionally. She narrated to the ladies that once when she was digging for the soil in the forest her axe fell on the cub and thereafter within a year all my seven sons died. The ladies appreciated for confessing her guilt and then these ladies told that by confessing the sin she has atoned her half of the sin.

They suggested the woman to pray the goddess Ashtami Bhagwati by sketching the face of the cub. By the grace of god your sin will cast off. The woman kept fast on the Kartik Krishna Ashtami and then onwards she started praying and keeping fast regularly. By the power of her prayer the God’s grace showered and she could get back her all seven son. Since then, it became a ritual to worship the goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagwati religiously every year.

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