Karadaiyan Nombu also called Savitri Nombu Vratam and Karadaiyam Vratam is a single day Festival popular in south India, but typically in Tamil Nadu, and more by Tamil Brahmins. Karadaiyan Nombu is observed and celebrated by married women. The women on this day seek the blessings for auspiciousness in marriage, eternal togetherness, and the wellbeing, prosperity, protection against any threat, and life longevity of their respective partners.
Some single or unmarried girls also mark Karadaiyan Nombu to seek God’s blessings for a good partner, husband.
The word Karadai refers to a specially prepared south Indian dish or food item. Nombu means Vrat, fasting. Karadaiyan Nombu is also called Savitri Nombu because as per a legend, it is believed that Goddess Savitri with her power of devotion got back her husband Satyavan from the God of Death, Yama on this day that is marked as Karadaiyan Nombu.
The date of the event of Karadaiyan Nombu happens in the Hindu month of Meena. This relates to the time period of transition of the Tamil month Maasi to Panguni. This is related to the time when the Sun transits from Aquarius to Pisces, called Meena Sankranti. This is falling on the 14th of March 2019.
Vratam means Vrat, fasting. Karadaiyan Nombu involves the observing of the Vrat, fasting, rituals and Puja, prayers by women. Many women prepare special sweets like Adai and meals like Nivedyam. A yellow cotton thread is tied to the woman performing the prayer and the ritual.
Below Shloka is often chanted by women observing Kradaiyan Nombu -
Throram Krshnami Subhake Saharithamdharami Aham
Bharthuayushya Sidhartham SupreethaBhava Sarvadha
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