Vrat & Vrat Katha

The fasting aspect of Vrat makes the mind strong and increases its firmness. Vrats are an important part of modern Hindu life. Mostly it includes a change in diet--sometimes through fasting, and other times by eating or avoiding certain types of food. Most important part is worshipping the presiding deity . Part of this worship usually involves reading or hearing the Vrat Katha or stories of fast. Every fast is usually associated with one or more Vrat Kathas that Hindus listen to while performing prayers and then only brake their fast. These fast stories or vrat kathas are a form of pooja to the the presiding deity.

What is Vrat ?
Disciplines such as religious fasting etc. that entail merits are generally called Vrat. To accept some rules of discipline is in itself a Vrat. For any advancement in life we have to accept some restrictive disciplines. A river is bound by the banks, tree is bound to earth, the strings of Sitar (musical instrument) are also bound and thereby music is produced. The essence of Himadri-Vrat chapter describes Vrat as a special undertaking, keeping some goal in mind, and making a resolution about it. In the spiritual field, to apply control over the pleasures of our sense organs, a solemn vow to observe regulatory discipline- that is Vrat.


Saptvar Vrat Katha   Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Ravivar Vrat Katha Chaturmaas Vrat Katha    Amalaki Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Somvar Vrat Katha Deepavali Vrat Katha    Putrada Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Somya Pradosh Vrat Katha Tulsi (The Holy Plant Katha)    Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Sixteen Somvar Vrat Katha Shrawan Maas    Apara Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Mangalvar Vrat Katha Maa Vaishno Devi Katha    Mohini Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Budhvar Vrat Katha Satya Narayanji Vrat Katha    Varuthini Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Bhraspativar Vrat Katha Devi Mahatamya Navratri katha    Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Sukravar Vrat Katha Karwa Couth Vrat Katha    Papmochni Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Shanivar Vrat Katha Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha    Shatila Ekadashi Vrat Katha
  Shri Maha Ganesha Sidh Vrat  
Vaibhav Laxmi Vrat Katha History of Salasar Balaji (Dham)  
  Introduction Rishi Panchmi Vrat Katha  
  Rules and Observe    
  Vrat Katha