Greater Noida West: This 3-day fast popularly called Jitiya is observed by mothers in Bihar and also in Uttar Pradesh and there is a huge craze for this fast in Noida too. It is said that this fast add years to their children’s life. Jitiya fast is also called Jivitputrika Vrat which is a 3-day fasting. Mothers observe this fast for their entire lives to protect their children from untimely demise. They also pray for the happy and long lives of their kids and refrain from eating or drinking during the fasting period. This fast began at 6:34 am on Oct 06, 2023, and ended at 8:08 am on Oct 07, 2023
Protection of kids’ lifetime from the untimely death
Neelam Yadav, mother of two daughters explains this fast. As this is a nirjala vrat, the woman observing the fast cannot drink water for three days, so her energy levels were very low but still she was very happy sharing with us about this fast. She says, “On this day married women with children observe a 24-hour nirjala fast for the well-being of their children. Those observing fast do not have food and water for the entire day. The fasting is concluded on the third day or parana day with cucumber and rice flour porridge. Noni saag and Madua roti are also enjoyed after being offered to God. Lord Vishnu, Shiva, and Lord Surya are worshipped on Jitiya. On this day men and women deck up in their best of traditional clothes and participate in cultural events.”
She adds, “I woke at 3 a.m. and had lots of water because, for the next three days, we were sure that not a single drop of water should go in my mouth. If our dedication can add years and happiness in our children’s lives, I am ready to go nirjala lifetime.”
Jitiya Vrat celebrates the joy of motherhood
Jitiya was celebrated for 3 days. On the first day, women observed the fast by taking a bath in a river or their washrooms. They performed puja and had satvik food. The second or main day of the fasting is observed without food and water. On the final day, women take a bath and conclude their fasting following the muhurat which is called Paran.
Here are the details of the rituals followed for 3 days:
Day 1 | Nahai-Khai: On this day, those observing fast take a bath, preferably in a water body. After the bath, satvik food prepared with ghee is eaten and pink salt is sprinkled on it instead of regular.
Day 2 | Khur-Jitiya or Jiviputrika day: This is the second day of the festival and a 24-hour fast is observed when women go with food and water. The fast is concluded only the next day as per muhurat.
Day 3 | Parana: This is the third day of the fast when mothers conclude their vrat. Many break the fast with cucumber and milk. Thereafter traditional meal of rice, noni saag and madua roti is consumed.
‘I Fast for my daughters with pride’
Neelam Yadav explains to us that it is termed that this fast is kept for the sons. This fast adds years to their life. Being a mother of two girls I was asked not to do this fast. But I was adamant that we keep son also for 9 months in the womb and daughter too in the womb for 9 months. The same pain and happiness are received during and after procreation so why this differentiation? So I held my head with pride and said to God that I want my daughter forever with me that’s why I do fast.”