Jivitputrika Vrat


Jivitputrika Vrat is a highly significant fasting observance where mothers observe a strict Nirjala (waterless) fast, abstaining from both food and water, for the well-being and longevity of their children. This day reflects a mother’s profound love and devotion towards her offspring, seeking divine blessings for their health and prosperity.

Jivitputrika Vrat, also known as Jivitputrika Puja, is an important fasting day when mothers observe a day-long and night-long fast to pray for the well-being of their children. It is celebrated in September, and it brings many benefits and blessings.

This fasting day falls on the eighth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Ashwin. It is mainly observed in various Indian states and is known as Jitiya in some regions.

The way people perform this puja can differ depending on where they live. Some women offer a basket filled with fruits and sweets, covering it with a large leaf or new piece of cloth. Their sons then open this basket after the fast ends. Women may also gather to listen to stories related to the fast from an older female member. The fasting concludes as the ninth day (Navami) begins since the fast starts on the eighth day (Ashtami). After the fast ends, women enjoy various delicacies, including regular food, except for non-vegetarian items referred to as “prana.”


Jeevaputika fasting is done to pray for the long and healthy life of one’s child. The fasting person, usually a mother, observes this fast with great dedication, wishing for the well-being of her child, just like how an eagle observed and completed the fast with dedication.


Jivitputrika Puja is a ritual that originally aimed to ensure the safety and well-being of sons in the family. However, in recent times, it’s also being done for daughters, which is a positive change. Mothers perform this puja to pray for the good health, happiness, and long life of their children. In some areas, it’s called ‘Jyotia’, and this puja is observed on the eighth day of the Ashwin month, specifically known as Pradosal-Bhavini Ashtami.