Sati is an ancient Hindu tradition, wherein a widow must have to enter into the pyre of her husband, in order to meet him and live with him in the heaven, and the act was considered as very pious by the ancient people. The system of Sati was banned all over India, through the efforts of the 19th century social reformer Sri Raja Ram Mohan Roy.
Some people say, that the system of Sati was in practice since ancient times, and it was based on the story of Ma Parvati, who was previously known as Sati, and she self-immolated herself in the Daksha Yagna. But this cannot be the main reason for practicing Sati, since there is no death for Lord Shiva, who is the consort of Mata Sati.
Up to 18th century AD, this system was in practice in India mostly in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. After the death of their husband, the widows are even forcibly thrown into the pyre of their husband. This was mainly happened due to the disinterest in taking care of the widow, and also to cheat her from giving her share of wealth from the husband’s wealth.
During the 15th century, every year, thousands of widows were burned alive in India. But if the widow was pregnant, she was not allowed to enter into the pyre of her husband.Even in Puranas, we can find that the consorts of the kings were died by sacrificing themselves in the funeral pyre.
When Lord Krishna had ended his avatar in the previous Dwaparayuga, all of his queens were entered into the fire, and went into the heaven.But dying by way of falling into the fire is a very difficult task, since bearing the huge flames of fire all over the body is unimaginable and unthinkable by us.
At the present day world, we cannot expect to follow such a kind of cruel practice, since all the women are educated properly and they are standing on their own legs. They are also considering the ancient Sati Tradition as a foolish and a cruel act.
Let us worship wholeheartedly the ancient queens and the noble chaste women who burn themselves alive in the pyre of their husband. And let us pray to Lord Agni Bhagavan, the Lord of fire, to protect us from fire burns and from fire accidents and be blessed.
“JAI KALI MA”
“OM SRI AGNI BHAGAVANE NAMAHA”