September 10, 2020 Blog

Jivitputrika Vrat 2020- All you need to know


Jivitputrika Vrat- as per the Hindu lunar calendar, Jivitputrika Vrat is observed on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in the month of Ashwin. Thisvrat is also known as Jitiya or  Jiutia. On this day, mothers perform the Nirjala Vrat fast through day and night for the sake of the well-being of their child. 

It is commonly performed in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Jitiya fasting is also performed in Nepal.  


Vrat begins at 02:05 AM on September 10, 2020

Vrat ends at 03:34 AM on September 11, 2020

The vrat is a tradition to celebrate this festival for three days. 

First day: 

The first day is known as Nahai-khay, on this day mothers wake up before sunrise and worship by taking a bath and then take food once. 

Second day:

On the second day, women observe Nirjala fast and worship Lord Jemuthavahana, and offers incense-lamp, rice, flowers. 

Third day:

The fast is broken on the third day, which is Navami Tithi, which is also known as Parana. On this day, special delicacies are made such as Jhoor-Bhaat or curry rice, Noni saag, and Madua Roti is made. Whereas in Western Bihar, Eastern UP, Nepal, they make Noni Saag, Marua roti, and Stew of zucchini.

The story behind the Vrat:

There are several stories and beliefs on why we celebrate Jeevataputrika Vrat. As per religious beliefs, Ashwatthama used Brahmastra to kill the son who was born in Uttara's womb with a sense of revenge.

In such a situation, Shri Krishna revived the unborn child with his divine power. This child grew up and become King Parikshit. Due to the revival of Uttara's child, this fast was named Jivitputrika Vrat. 

So mothers do this Vrat for the well-being of their child.