Jaya Parvati Vrat : A fast offered to Goddess Parvati
According to Indian culture and Hindu religion, the importance of husband is much higher and the wife observes various days and follow different ritual activities to wish long life of husbands. Jaya Parvati Vrat is observed by married women and it is a five day fast with various rituals. Married women avoid taking salts, whole cereals and rice. On the fifth day night women stay awake and this is known as jagran or jagrata. This fast is observed to seek the blessings of Goddess Parvati and to obtain peace, prosperity and happiness in life. Unmarried women keep this fast to get a good husband. Goddess Parvati had kept a rigorous fast to get Lord Shiva as her husband. There are various religious stories behind the vrat of Jaya parvati and majority of the stories revolve around the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati only.
Rituals to be done on Jaya Parvati Vrat
On the first day of fasting one needs to take bath and plant wheat seeds in a pot which is considered as a very holy process. Then need to tie a cotton wool around the pot. Every day morning after bath, one needs to water the seeds. The seeds will sprout during these five days of fast. On the 6th day these plants are taken from the pot and planted in the garden. On the final day the women do full puja and one can break the fast by eating meal with salts and cereals.