Rohini Vrat: Rituals and Significance

Rohini Vrat: Rituals and Significance

Rohini Vrat is one of the important festivals observed by the people belonging to the Jain community. In a year, there are a total of 12 Rohini Vrat but only a few of them are considered to be extremely important. It is believed that observing this festival can bring blessings from Goddess Rohini.

Rituals of Rohini Vrat

  • On this day, people wake up early in the morning and take a bath.

  • Women who want to observe fast, make Alpina, the holy rangoli made using rice flour.

  • They then worship the idol of Bhagavan Vasupujya, one of the four Tirthankara.

  • The worshipping of the idol includes a sacred bath by using flowers, Chandan and other auspicious materials having fragrance.

  • The idol is then offered prasad (offerings) and the prasad is later distributed among people.

Significance of this Festival

  • It is believed that fasting is done to get rid of all the sorrows and sufferings.

  • Rohini is considered to be one of the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu and Jain calendar.

  • People generally observed Rohini Vrat for either three, five or seven years respectively.

  • This fast is mostly observed by women for the long and healthy lives of their husbands.

  • The fast is observed when Rohini Nakshatra begins.

  • One should do the Parana, breaking off fast during the Mrigashirsha Nakshatra.