Dashamata Vrat and Poojan celebrated in the city

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On this holy day of Krishna Paksh of Chaitra month, women across the entire city celebrated Dashamata Vrat and Poojan with wishes for the prosperity of their family members. After getting up early in the morning, Ladies went to a temple nearby them to worship goddess Dasha Maa and tree of Sacred Fig commonly known as ‘Peepal’.

When the Pooja gets over, Ladies pluck out the barks of the ‘Peepal’ tree and keep with them as a symbol of ornaments and jewellery. Women tie a thread around their neck today called ‘Vail’. Stories about Dashamata and other religious stories were narrated by elder ladies and were listened by other ladies in the temple.

This day is celebrated in most of the parts of North India but it has a special significance in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

: Story about Dashamata :

Once upon a time Vijay Singh was a king of a kingdom in Gujarat. Queen Rupmati, a beautiful, kind hearted and devotional woman was his wife. Both had two sons and all of them lived peacefully. The king had a palace called Jal Mahal, which was located on the outskirt of his capital. One evening the queen along with her attendants had gone to Jal Mahal for a visit. From the window, the queen however saw a devotional sight – a group of village women engaged in a vrat near the village pond. They were engaged in worshiping a deity called Dasha Maa. The queen was surprised because she had never seen such a ritual though she would worship every day in a different manner. She sent one of her attendants (dasi) to enquire what kind of ritual the village women were performing.

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The dasi was told about the sanctity and power of Dasha Maa and the ritual and sacrifices associated with the vrat. After listening to the village women the dasi came back and explained to the queen. The queen was convinced and incidentally it was the first day of the vrat. The queen also followed the path of the village women by observing the vrat.

While the queen was busy in the vrat the king entered and got angry seeing the idol of the mother goddess Dasha Maa. He asked the queen to stop doing the vrat because Dasha Maa was the deity of poor people. Being a royal woman she need not had to be involved with such vrats. By saying this king offended the goddess.

Because of this attitude of the king Dasha Maa got angry and devastated his kingdom. The king and his family became very poor. One day while he was passing through a road he came across a fruit orchard. However, when heentered all the fruits became dry. He and his family proceeded further and came across a step well. But he lost two of his sons in the well. From there he went to his sister’s place and offered Sukhdies (a kind of dry sweet) to her. But the sukhdies turned into stones. Like these the King was infested with all kind of problems. They were also sent the jail by a neighbouring king.

The king then realized that he had offended Dasha Maa. In the jail both started the vrat and were released by the rival king. They also got back all their glory.

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