Savitri Vrata or Savitri Amavasya is a fasting day observed by married Hindu women on the Amavasya, the no moon day in month of Jyeshtha. It is celebrated in the Indian states of Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and in Nepal. It is also known as Sabitri Uwaans in Western Odisha region.
ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ବ୍ରତ କିମ୍ବା ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ଅମାବାସ୍ୟା ଏକ ଉପବାସ ଦିବସ, ଯାହାକି ବିବାହିତ ହିନ୍ଦୁ ମହିଳାମାନେ ଜ୍ୟେଷ୍ଠ ମାସ ଅମାବାସ୍ୟାରେ ପାଳନ କରିଥାନ୍ତି | ଏହା ଭାରତୀୟ ରାଜ୍ୟ ଓଡ଼ିଶା, ବିହାର, ଉତ୍ତରପ୍ରଦେଶ ଏବଂ ନେପାଳରେ ପାଳନ କରାଯାଏ। ଏହା ପଶ୍ଚିମ ଓଡିଶା ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ଅମାବାସ୍ୟା ଭାବରେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଜଣାଶୁଣା |
The brata was named after Savitri. Savitri was the beautiful daughter of King Aswapati of Madra Desa. She selected Satyavan as her life partner, a prince in exile who was living in the forest with his blind father Dyumatsen. She left the palace and lived with her husband and the in-laws in the forest. As a devoted wife and daughter-in-law, she went to great lengths to take care of them. One day while cutting wood in the jungle, Satyavan’s head reeled and he fell down from a tree. Then Yamraj, the death God, appeared to take away Satyavan’s soul. Deeply hurt, Savitri pleaded to Yamraj not to be separated from her husband. If anything, he would take away the soul of her husband and she would also follow. Yamraj, moved by the devotion of Savitri, returned the life of her husband.