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Jivitputrika vrat is observed by Mothers for well being of their childrens. Jivitputrika is a Nirjala Vrat which is observed on Krishna Paksha Ashtami in the month of Ashwin. Nirjala vrat is celebrated from saptami to ashtami of the Krishna paksha on Ashwin month.
Jivitputrika Vrat is the love of mother for there children in which she remains nirjala from day to night for well being of her children. Jivitputrika is also known as Jitiya in some parts of India.
The primary day which is the day preceding to the festival is called as Nahai-Khai. On this particular day, the mothers consume food as a source of nourishment after taking a shower.
On the second day, mothers observe a strict Jivitputrika fast.
On the third day of the occasion, the fast closures with Paaran (consuming the main nourishment). This festival is primarily observed in the regions of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar and it is also well known in Nepal.
It is believed that an eagle and a female fox lived in a jungle near Narmada river were friends. One day, they saw several women performing the puja and the fasting. They too wished to observe the vrat. But the fox was unable to curb her hunger. Hence, she ate the food. On the other hand the eagle observed the fast with devotion . As a result, the kids born to the Fox died few days after the birth. Meanwhile, Eagle’s off springs were blessed with long life.
Jivitputrika vrat shows the love and affection of mothers towards there children. The mother keeps a strict fast, without a drop of water for the prosperity of her children.