Savitri Brata, popularly referred as Savithri Amavasya Vrata, is a regional festival observed in Orissa and some other Eastern regions of India. In 2017, Savitri Amavasya vrat date is May 25 as per North Indian Hindi calendars. Savitri Brata is observed on the Amavasya day in Jyeshta month (usually May – June).
In Amavasyant Hindu calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andha Pradesh & Karnataka, Vat Savitri Amavasya date is June 24.
Importance, legend and Merits of Savitri Amavas Vrata:
As Vat Savitri Vrata and Sabitri Chaturdashi Vrata this Savitri Amavas Brata is also associated with the legend of Savitri and Satyavan. The story tells – how Savitri rescued her husband, Satyavant, from death and also regained his kingdom for him.
Puranas describe that every married woman should admire Savitri for her great devotion to her husband. On the day of Savitri Brata, married women recite the Sabitri Brata Katha – the legend of Savitri and Satyavan. Merits of the observance of Savithri Brata include – the well being and long life of the performers husband and prosperous married life.
It is to note that Vat Savitri Vrat is also performed on Vat Purnima (Jyeshta Purnima).