Hello my dear readers!!
After a couple of months’ break due to personal engagements, I am back with this post on Jyothirbheemeshwara(ಜ್ಯೋತಿರ್ಭೀಮೇಶ್ವರ ವ್ರತ) vratha also known as Pathi Sanjeevini vratha(ಪತಿ ಸಂಜೀವಿನಿ ವ್ರತ)/Bheemana Amaavasye, usually celebrated across Karnataka. This vratha or religious custom is performed on Amavasya day or no moon day of Aashaadha maasa- Krishna paksha.. That is the last day of aashaadha maasa..
This vratha is usually observed by unmarried girls as well as married women for 9 years, post their marriage…
Vratha procedure is as follows ::
In a tray or a plate spread rice, over which place 2 lamps or deepada kamba..In the sideways, keep 9 betel leaves, 9 betel nuts ( In some customs 2-2 betel leaves).. In front of the rice spread plate, place Lord Ganesha vigraha..
The deepada kamba or lamps are tied with Turmeric smeared thread tied with Arishinada kombu or beru or turmeric root.. Along with this we also make threads smeared with arishina or turmeric with 9 knots for the ladies performing in the pooja which is tied towards the end of the pooja.. This is the set-up..
Now, light the deepa or lamps and chant Ganapathi ashtottara, shlokas, Shiva Ashtottara.. The lamps are said to indicate Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. The yellow threads( turmeric smeared threads) are tied to the right wrists of the ladies performing the pooja by the elderly ladies of the household/ husbands..
Prepare habbada adige like Chitranna/Puliyogare/Any rice bhath like Vaangibhath or beans-carrot bhath , Paayasa, Kadubu etc.. Post 9 years of pooja the married ladies need to give a pair of lamps to their mother as baagina…
Vratha Katha or legend associated with the festival:
Long time back lived a brahmin called Maadhava and his wife Susheela who had 5 daughters and 9 sons and Maadhava was too poor to feed his wife and children..
On the other side the king of Saurashtra, Vajrabaahu had a son, who, due to his ill-fate died at a very young age and the king thought in his mind that atleast if he gets his son’s dead body married, son will attain moksha and atleast they will have a feeling that he was married.. So started searching for a girl who is ready to marry the dead body of the prince, stating that he would provide lakhs of rupees to the girl/girl’s family who gets married to his dead son..
Maadhava, suffering in poverty, thought to get one of his daughters’ married to the dead prince to which his wife Susheela strongly refused saying she will give her daughters only to person who is alive, may be, no matter if he is poor,deaf/dumb/blind, but must be alive and not a dead body.. He convinced his wife, somehow, and sent his youngest daughter to the palace and came home with lakhs of rupees.. The King Vajrabaahu left his daughter-in-law( brahmin’s daughter) and his dead prince in the cremation ground and came back to his palace.. The people who watched all these, cried for the girl’s situation and ill-fate and went to their homes..
The girl, all alone in the ground, heard only the voices of evil-spirits/owls/bats etc.. cried and prayed sincerely to Lord Shiva and Parvathi, and the Gods appeared before her and told her the vratha vidhaana, to make two lamps out of mud and worship it.. The girl did the vratha and immediately her dead prince-husband turned alive.. She felt very happy and the Gods also blessed her with a beautiful palace, servants, kingdom and her husband became the king and she, the queen… Her father , who again due to his ill-fate, had lost all the money given by the king and met his daughter-queen, begged her pardon and stayed with her in her palace…
This festival is said to bring happiness, peace, prosperity, harmony, health in the homes..