Katyayanivrata, Kātyāyanīvrata, Katyayani-Vrata: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Katyayanivrata in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Kātyāyanīvrata (कात्यायनीव्रत).—Was observed by the girls of the vraja early in the season of hemanta. After bathing in the Yamunā, they made a figure of the Devī with sand, and worshipped it as the representation of the Devī for a month. Their object was to win Kṛṣṇa as their husband. Prayers were also sent to Bhadrakālī by rising early and bathing in the Yamunā. To test their sincerity Kṛṣṇa saw them one day playing in the river naked leaving their clothes on the banks. He removed these to the top of a Nīpa tree near by. The girls asked for the return of their clothes, and threatened to report to the king. Kṛṣṇa asked them to receive their clothes from him. He said that their vow was fruitless as they bathed naked, and he returned their clothes on their saluting him with both their arms. He then blessed them and asked them to go back to the vraja which they did.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 22. 1-27.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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