Vat Purnima

Vat Purnima The vat or banyan tree is worshipped and a thread is tied around it in a commemorative festival observed only by married women called Vat Purnima, which celebrates Savitri’s love for her husband, Satyavan. So devoted was Savitri to her spouse that she followed Satyavan’s spirit when Yama, the God of Death, was taking it away. Yama finally allowed her husband to return to life. The vat tree acquired significance because Savitri left Satyavan’s body under this majestic tree. Some believe the tale to be a myth, symbolising the annual marriage of Earth (Satyavan) and Nature (Savitri). http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030810/spectrum/main2.htm