Jainism advocates for a lot of fasts as part of an involved spiritual life. Rohini vrat, a significant fasting day in the Jain community is observed by women for the long lives of their husbands. Rohini is one of the main nakshatra in Jain and Hindu calendar. Rohini Vrat is meant for women who cannot undergo rigorous sadhana or penance.
Legend behind Rohini Vrat –
It is believed that anyone who prays to Rohini on this day can get rid of poverty and sorrows. Amavasya which means no moon night is a very auspicious day in Hinduism to pray for moksha. The moon which appears after Amavasya is called the new moon and observing this moon is called Chandra darshan.
The moon has a unique significance in Hindu mythology as many important rituals are carried under the various phases of moon. Women pray for the longer lives of their husbands by observing a day long fast. Sometimes even men keep fast for a peaceful married life and get rid of all the obstacles in their marital life. Fast is observed until couples see the moon. This shows their devotion towards the Moon God, also known as Chandra Devta.
Common Rituals –
On the day of Rohini Vrat, women wake up early and take a holy bath. An idol of Jain God Vasupujya is worshipped on this day. At the end of the puja, the ladies start the fasting process that stretches up to the rise of the next star namely Margashirsha Nakshatra. Donating clothes and food to the needy is considered a great deed on this day.
Rohini Vrat dates –
This year, Rohini vrat falls on 16th November and 13th December.