Celebrating Sati Puja
The Sati Puja is celebrated twice a year. It is one of the sacred pujas of Hindus. There is a fair named “Rani Sati Mela” organized on this occasion in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The fair is held depending on the Hindu lunar month. It is celebrated on the Krishna Navami of Magh. For 2014, the day is Monday 25-August.
History behind the Sati Puja
The fair inherits its name from one of the Satis of the Jalan family in Rajasthan. She was the first of the thirteen Satis and immolated herself on the day of Krishna Navami. The last Sati was on Bhadrapada Amavasya. The Sati Temple is the epitome of secular India as followers of different religion like Christian, Jains, Muslims and cultures worship Rani Sati with devotion and belief.
In ancient India Sati system was a very common funeral practice prevalent in some communities where a widowed woman used to immolate herself as a pyre on the funeral of her husband. It is believed that Sati was the process in which the widow could be married to the deceased husband. Thus, the widow was dressed in bridal attire while she performed the practice of Sati. The word “Sati” has its origin in Hindu mythology where the wife of Lord Shiva immolated herself because she could not bear the humiliation of her husband by her father Daksha.
The temple of Rani Sati
The Rani Sati fair puts special emphasis on the Rani Sati Temple, which is one of the oldest temples of India and attracts followers and tourists from all over the country on this special occasion. The unique feature of the Rani Sati temple is that there is no deity of any male or female god, only a trident is worshipped as a symbol of power. Every year on the day of Bhadro Amavasya a sacred puja is held in the temple and devotees from all over the country gather to get a glimpse of the famous Sati named Rani. A portrait of Rani Sati is present in the main mand.
The temple of Rani Sati also boasts of having amazing architecture, murals and wall paintings which have survived the throes of time and depicts the mastery of ancient Indian artisans and craftsmen.
Thus the Rani Sati Fair is a good way to pay respect to the women who had immolated themselves for a just cause. By visiting the fair one pays tribute to the feminine bravery and motherhood.
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