Jivti /Shashtri poojan

Shashthi or Shashti is a Hindu folk goddess, venerated as the benefactor and protector of children, is also the deity of vegetation and reproduction and is believed to bestow children and assist during childbirth.

Shashthi has been worshipped on the sixth day after childbirth by all Hindus rural as well as urban people.

Shashthi is portrayed as a motherly figure, often nursing or carrying as many as eight infants in her arms. Her complexion is usually depicted as yellow or golden. A Dhyana-mantra – a hymn describing the iconography of a deity, upon which a devotee of Shashthi should meditate – describes her as a fair young woman with a pleasant appearance, bedecked in divine garments and jewelry with an auspicious twig laying in her lap. The birth of a living child is considered the blessing of Shashthi, while the birth of a stillborn infant or the early death of a child is considered manifestations of her wrath.

Pooja Vidhi

On that day, wake up early in the morning and take a bath. Clean the Pooja place, decorate with rangoli and flowers. Ganesh is worshipped at first. Place image of Jivti Devi made up of gold. At some places, Dough images of Shashthi and her black cat are prepared and worshipped, along with a water pitcher betel nuts and leaves, fruits, sweets, and Puran Poli are offered to her.A pen and paper are also kept in the room because it is believed that jivti Devi comes into the home after everyone is asleep and writes the child’s fortune on the paper with invisible ink. Here, the new-born baby is oiled and dressed in new clothes and rings and then named; a feast follows this ceremony.


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