Jivitputrika Vrat, also known as Jiwit Putra or Jitiya fasting, is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase (Ashtami of Krishna Paksha) of the Ashwin Month. Jivitputrika Vrat 2021 date is September 29. Jitiya Fast is observed for the well being of the sons by mothers in North India, especially in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Time of Paaran in 2021 is at 4:55 PM on September 29.
When Is Jivitputrika Vrat Observed?
The Vrat is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase of the Ashwin Month (Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi). It ends when the Navami tithi begins (ninth day).
Yellow Thread Worn During Jitiya
No Particular Deity is Worshipped
Jivitputrika Vrat is not dedicated to a particular Hindu deity. The main aim of the Vrat is the long life of sons. After early morning bath and prayers, mothers start the fast and do not take any food during the whole day.
The Jivitputrika Vrat demonstrates limitless love and affection of a mother for her son. In ancient days, sons were necessary for the protection of the mother and other female members in the family. But times have changed and today daughters are equally capable and can provide the same kind of protection a son provides. But sadly a large section of society still sees female as a burden and encourage female feticide.
One of the greatest aspects of Hinduism is to adopt fresh ideas and assimilate them into it. One idea that needs to be assimilated soon is the respect for girl child. And Jivitputrika Vrat should be performed for the welfare of sons and daughters (offsprings) not just sons. The rituals associated with the Vrat vary from region to region but the purpose is the same.