* Consume food only once during the daytime before sunset *
* Oily and salty food is prohibited *
Story related to this vrat:
Once there was an old devoted god fearing lady who was poor and therefore could not afford to buy a cow for herself. She would go to her neighbours house to collect cowdung for performing puja early in the mornings, only after puja she had her meals.She was happy in her own little world.
After sometime her neighbour decided to lock the cow inside her house with the aim of denying the old lady the opportunity to collect cow dung from her place. The lady, unable to get the cow dung, could not perform the puja that day and remained fasting the whole day. God was observing the whole episode, he came in the old lady’s dreams that night and told her that he appreciated her devotion towards God and therefore He was presenting her a Cow. The lady woke up to find a cow standing in her courtyard.
Before the lady had woken up, her neighbour had seen the cow and was surprised to see that instead of cow dung, the cow was excreting gold. Out of jealousy, she picked up the gold and substituted it with cow dung. This went on for sometime and the poor old lady never knew that her cow was excreting gold. The God observed it for sometime and decided that he needed to help the devotee. One evening he created a storm, seeing this the old lady locked her cow inside her house. When she woke up, she was surprised to see the gold and realised what her neighbour was upto. Thereafter she made it a practice to lock the cow inside and collect the gold, with time she began to prosper. This made her neighbour more jealous, she went to the King and narrated the story and requested the King to get the cow and use the gold for providing amenities to the general public. The King ordered that the cow be brought to the palace. The old lady protested and cried but the guards brought the cow to the palace.
When it was morning, instead of gold, the entire palace was full of cow dung. The God came in the King’s dreams and asked him to return the cow to it’s rightful owner. The King realised his mistake and promptly sent the cow back to the lady and punished the neighbour.The old lady began to prosper and her family lived happily ever after.
The King ordered that on Sundays, all should worship and keep fast for a peaceful and contented life.