Little pupils of Kumkum Vidhyalaya, Maninagar, Ahmedabad, performed Gauri Vrat (fast) rituals on Wednesday, July 13. Gathered in large numbers, all the young ladies between 6-12 years wore their elegant dresses paired with bright lipsticks and offered prayers to Lord Shiva. Moreover, their objective was to pray for an ideal future life partner.
Each girl student of Kumkum Vidhyalaya had an earthen pot called the jaavar. In every jaavar, the girls sow seven types of seeds, including cereals and lentils.
Dressed in different hues and shades, the girls participated in enthusiastically, joined hands, and chanted prayers. They took blessings from Shivling, the symbol of Lord Shiva and bejewelled it with flowers and sandalwood paste.
Gauri-Vrat is a religious practice prevalent in West India, especially in Gujarat. During the ritual, girls as young as three assemble in temples, offer prayers to Lord Shiva and ask him for a good life partner. It is a five days long fasting process. According to Shiv Purana, Goddess Parvati fasted the same way to please Lord Shiva.
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