Women observe ‘Savitri Brata’, pray for long life of husbands

Bhubaneswar: Married women across Odisha today observed ‘Savitri Brata’ for the well-being and long life of their husbands. Since morning, women made beeline at various temples to offer prayers.

Traditionally, the day is observed to remember the sacrifice of Savitri, who had saved the life of her husband Satyaban from Yamraj – the God of death, by observing day-long fast and offering prayers.

Carrying puja ‘thalis’ with ritualistic ‘sindoor’, ‘alta’, bangles, sacred thread (Brata) fruits and flowers, women were seen offering prayers to gods and goddesses.

“By observing fast, we pray for long life of our husbands. Every year, we eagerly wait for this day to come,” said a woman in Bhubaneswar.

“This is a big day for us. Like Savitri fasted for Satyaban, we too fast for the well-being of our husbands,” said another woman.