Photo credit: istockphoto. Narmada Jayanti today: all you need to know about this day
- The Saptami Tithi of Magh, Shukla Paksha marks the day the Narmada River came into existence
- Narmada Jayanti marks the birth of the Narmada River
- This river originates in Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and merges with the Arabian Sea
The Saptami Tithi, Magh Shukla Paksha, marks the birthday of Surya Bhagwan (Sun God). Interestingly, this is also when the goddess Narmada first appeared. She embodies the sacred Narmada River which originates in Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and merges with the Arabian Sea. This year, Narmada Jayanti will be observed today. Read on to find out more.
Meaning of Narmada Jayanti
Narmada Jayanti celebrates the birth of Goddess Narmada. Devotees take a bath in the sacred waters of the river, and this ritual bath is equivalent to bathing in the Ganges on auspicious days or Purnima Tithi (full moon day).
Traditional beliefs suggest that people can get rid of their wrongdoings/sins by bathing in the Narmada on the day it manifested on earth. Thus, by bathing in the water of the Narmada, one can seek its blessings and grace.
Interestingly, the month of Magh is known to be a month for bathing in sacred rivers and awakening the spiritual side. Therefore, the holy month is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
How do people celebrate Narmada Jayanti?
Devotees take a bath in the sacred water during Arunodaya (sunrise) and pray to Goddess Narmada (acclaimed as Narmada Maiyya) for good health, wealth, peace and joy. However, one can swim in the river between sunrise and sunset.
After bathing, devotees offer deep (lamp), dhoop (incense), pushpa (flowers), haldi (turmeric) and kumkum (vermilion) to the river.
Some devotees even light wheat paste lamps and place them on the banks of the river.
In the evening, devotees gather to salute the holy river by performing the Sandhya Aarti.