|| The Major Vratas of Ancient India ||

by | Jan 23, 2021 | Sanatana Dharma, Traditions

according to scriptures
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The major vratas are as follows.

(i)Santapana:

This involves living for one whole day on cow’s urine,
cowdung, cow’s milk, curds made from cow’s milk and
clarified butter made from cow’s milk. The next day is a
day of fasting.

|| The Major Vratas of Ancient India ||

(ii)Mahasantapana:

This is a more severe version of the earlier vrata. In the
case of santapana vrata, five items were listed as
permissible food.

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Mahasantapana vrata lasts for a period of six days, and
on each of these days, only one of the five items
mentioned may be partaken of. The seventh day is day
of fasting.

(iii)Prajapatya or krichha:

If this vrata is to be observed, one can eat only during
the day. For the first three days, one is only permitted
to eat twenty-six handfuls of food, each handful being
as large as a hen’s egg.

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For the next three days, twenty-two handfuls are
permitted, but only in the evenings. And for the final
three days, twenty-four handful are permitted.

(iv)Atikrichha:

This is a more severe version of the earlier vrata. For the
first 3 days, a single handful of food is permitted during
the day. For the next three days, one handful is
permitted in the evenings. One handfuls of food, each
handful being as large as a hen’s egg.

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For the next three days, twenty-two handfuls are
permitted, but only in the evenings. And for the final
three days, three-four handfuls are permitted.

(v)Paraka:

Twelve continuous days of fasting are required for this.

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(vi) Taptakrichha:

This vrata lasts for a period of twelve days, during which
time one is permitted to bathe only once a day.

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For the first three days one drinks only water; for the
next three days one lives on milk; one has to live on
clarified butter for the ensuing three days are days of
fasting.

(vii) Krichhatikrichha:

If one is to observe this vrata, one has to live only on
milk for the space of twenty-one days.

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(viii) Padakrichha:

This vrata lasts for four days. For the first day one eats
only one meal; the second day is a day of fasting; on
the third day one can eat as much as one wants; and on
the fourth and final day, one fasts.

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(ix) Chandrayana:

This vrata lasts for an entire month and begins on the
day of the full moon (purnima). On the first day, fifteen
handfuls are to be eaten. Thereafter, one handfuls less
is eaten on successive days, until on the day of new
moon (amavasya), one fasts completely

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On each day that follows, the amount of food eaten is
increased by one handful. Finally, on the day of the next
full moon, fifteen handfuls of food are eaten and the
vrata is completed.