Major festival for Tamil women for their husbands
In India, there are a lot of cultures and every culture has its festivals also. The festivals also have various stories related to the celebration of the day as well as its significance in the culture. Savitri vratam, is the traditional Tamil Nadu festival followed by Tamil Brahmins mainly, however now there are many other community females also observe this day. This festival is also known as Karadaiyan Nombu. It is the major festival for married women and they pray for the wellness and long life of their husbands. This generally starts in the time when the Tamil month called “masi” ends and the next month ‘Panguni’ starts. It is also called as the fasting festival as women keep fasting on this particular day and the reason behind this is “Savitri fought with great Yama, to save her husband’s life”. Similarly, women of Tamil Nadu also keep fasting for the long lives of their husbands. It is also celebrated in the Northern India as the Vat Savitri Vrat.
There are lot of other things to be followed as custom for this special festival, like neivehdhyam, etc. Karadayan Nonbu Adai is offered to goddess with butter along with coconut and pakku. Yellow ropes are tied by all women in their houses and to each of the rope, there is a small flower tied up. One rope should be kept to the Kamakshi amman picture and the rest are used by women in the house. Even the other girls in the home who crossed one year age ties up these rope to get the blessings of god. This day is also known for the love of women to her husband and hence they want blessings of goddess for the health, wealth and prosperity and progress of husband in all the spheres of life.