Jivitputrika or Jitiya or Jiyutiya Vrat is celebrated on the 8th day of the Hindu month Ashwin in Krishna Paksha ( August – Sep ). This fast is observed for the well being of the children. Ladies worship Maa Durga ( in the form of Maa Jivitputrika ) and keep Nirjala (without water) vrata throughout a day and night.
It is celebrated mainly in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh states of India and Nepal.
Jivitputrika Vrat Story
There was a wise and kind king named Jimutvanhan. He was not satisfied with all worldly pleasures as a king and as a result he gave all the responsibilities of his kingdom to his brothers and went to the jungle .One day while wandering in the jungle he finds an old woman crying.He asked old woman the reason of weeping on which she told him that she belonged to a family of snakes (Nagvanshaki) and had only one son. But as an oath every day one snake is offered to Pakshiraj Garuda as a feed and that day was her son’s chance to become his food.
After listening to her problem Jimutavahana consoled her and promised that he would get back her son alive and would protect him from Garuda.He decides to lay down himself on the bed of rocks being presented to the Garuda for the feed. Garuda comes and holds the Jimutvahana covered with red cloth with his fingers and climbs the rock.Garuda finds it surprising when the person he has trapped does not responsed.
He asks the Jimutvahana his identity on which he describes the entire scene to the Garuda. Garuda gets pleased with the bravery of Jimutvahana and leave him and also promises not to Kill snakes. Due to the bravery and generosity of Jimutvahana the race of the snakes was saved and as a result since then the fasts for the children’s welfare and long life is observed.
Jivitputrika Vrat 2016- Date, Muhurat, Timings
23rd September 2016 (Friday)
Ashtami Tithi Ends = 02:40 on 24/Sep/2016
Jivitputrika Vrat Katha or Jiyutiya Vrat Katha or Jitiya Vrat Katha
Jivitputrika Vrat Vidhi
This festival is a testimony of mothers love for their children .
Happy jivitputrika vrat to all the mothers out there.