Gauri Vrat is a popular Hindu religious festival celebrated mainly in the northern part of India. It is celebrated to honor Goddess Parvati the consort of Lord Shiva, and her divine grace. The festival is observed during the month of shravan (July-August) on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight). The festival is celebrated for three days and devotees keep fast on all three days.
On the first day, devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parfait. On the second day, they visit a nearby temple to take a holy dip in the river or a pond. the third day, they perform puja to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. During the puja, devotees offer vermilion, flowers, fruits and sweets. After the puja is completed, devotees take a vow of abstinence from food and drink for the next three days.
This abstinence is referred to as ‘Gauri vrat’. The main purpose of observing this fast is to seek blessings from Goddess Parfait for a healthy and prosperous life. Devotees believe that by offering prayers and taking a vow of abstinence from food and drink, they can receive divine grace from Goddess Parvati. It is also believed that by observing this fast, devotees can rid themselves from all their sins and negativity in life. Gauri vrat also has great significance in Hindu mythology.
According to legend, Lord Shiva was very pleased with the devotion of his wife Goddess Parvati and blessed her with divine powers. He also granted her the power to grant wishes to her devotees who observe Gauri vrat diligently. The festival not only signifies devotion towards Goddess Parfait, but also reminds us of her immense power to fulfil every wish that one has in their heart. This festival is celebrated with great devotion and reverence in many parts of India.
People observe Gauri vrat with utmost sincerity and faith in Goddess Parvati. They prepare special dishes like ‘kheer’ (sweet pudding) to offer as Prasad (holy offering). On the last day of fasting, devotees break their fast by eating ‘kheer’ Prasad along with other vegetarian dishes. Gauri vrat also symbolizes love and devotion between husband and wife. Legend states that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were very much in love with each other, and this festival commemorates their love and commitment towards each other.
This festival is a reminder for couples to be faithful towards each other even after marriage. Gauri vrat is an important Hindu festival which holds immense spiritual significance for those who observe it sincerely. It is believed that if one observes this fast with utmost devotion, then Goddess Parvati will shower them with her divine grace and favours.
Therefore, it’s important for devotees to keep their mind pure while observing this fast so that they can receive maximum benefit from it.