Shree Swasthani Brata Katha (Part-13)

श्री स्वस्थानी ब्रत कथा : भाग- ४ (भिडियो)

The Shree Swasthani Brata Katha, a popular ritual observed by the Hindus since Poush Shukla Purnima (Full Moon Day) has begun from yesterday. The festival will long last upto Magh Shukla Purnima for one month.

Swasthani Brata Katha is a Hindu tale recited everyday for a month, which mostly falls in January and February. The book has 31 chapters which tell the story of life of various gods and goddesses. The story of goddess Swasthani and Shiva is mainly focused, Swasthani is the Hindu deity known for miraculously granting wishes made in a solemn state by the pure.

The sacred book was originated in Ancient civilizations of Nepal. The Brahmins were the first to have read this. It is read mostly by Nepali Hindus in comparison with those from India. This book’s story was derived from Skanda Purana.

Nepalis, especially the Hindu women, observe the month-long festival worshiping four-handed deity Swasthani with Chakra, Trishul, Sword and Lotus in each hand at the centre while Astha Matrika or eight deities of power  Mahakali, Vaishnavi, Brahmi Maheshwari, Kaumeshwari, Barahi, Indrayani, and Chamunda painted around her and reciting Swasthani Brat Katha (story) everyday.

Here is the thirteenth episode of the Swasthani Bratha Katha which goes like this: Watch video to listen the story.