Purtassi – A hindu fast

Today marks the month long fast of Purtassi for all Telegu and Tamil speaking Hindus. It is a very auspicious and religious time for all who observe this fast.
I have always done this fast even as a little child and have always loved this time of year.My parents and my grandmother have always stressed the importance and significance of this fast to us from a very young age for which I am very grateful for.

During the month of Purtassi we observe certain practices.These include :

  1. Not eating meat in any form eggs and fish included.
  2. No alcohol.
  3. We don’t go out unless its to family homes or to the temple.
  4. We don’t eat food from people who are not fasting.
  5. We try not to eat any meals from takeaways or eateries unless it is pure vegetarian.
  6. A detox of mind ,body and soul

In preparation for the fast our homes are spring cleaned, fridges and freezes cleaned out.Vegetarian supplies are stocked up in the form of pulses,beans,fresh vegetables and other meat free products.It is a time when Mum and I become creative creating interesting vegetarian meals for the family.

The main prayer day is on Saturday when families offer fruit, food(veg only) and sweetmeats to Perumalsami the God that is worshipped during this month of Purtassi.Saturday is a busy day with a very early start to ensure everything is ready for the prayer.Gran and I would often only have milk and fruit till after the prayer.

The Purtassi prayer is done at 3pm every Saturday, for 4 weeks,extended family members are often invited to pray together and share the evening meal together. In our family we have extended family members who observe and perform a Raam Bhajan which is a prayer that starts at 6pm on the Saturday and finishes at midnight. Worship is in the form of songs of praise and offerings including fruits and Indian sweets to Lord Perumalsami.
This prayer has a very powerful significance and the entire family gets involved. It is very moving spiritual experience to spend the evening in prayer with your loved ones while having one goal and focusing on your faith.To me personally the month of Purtassi means a time to reconnect to my maker, ask for forgiveness and fast as a form of sacrifice. I love this month of Purtassi .

To all my friends, family and followers who are observing Purtassi, I wish you a blessed fast and may Perumalsami bless you richly. Govinda! Govinda! Govinda!

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18 thoughts on “Purtassi – A hindu fast

  1. My friend, Thank you for this informative post. On behalf of Aslam and myself. We’d love to wish you a blessed fast to you and your extended family.
    Much love

  2. Thank you very much for your time and effort. I have taken much from the text to share with family.
    I work as a spiritual healer and teacher. For all of us to unite as ONE Family, the world over, we will, in time (I do hope a very short time, though) realize that we are ONE SOUL, and therefore must have only ONE SOURCE?
    My intention is not to evoke argument or dissension. I choose only LOVE, PEACE, HARMONY.
    I am showing transparency. I did not want to take from you, without letting you know, where I stand?
    all my love
    Lady Shamla Rose, Teacher of the ONE

  3. This is really inspiring, however its needs to reach our kids , in order to keep our culture alive. Great, simple information , we need more of this.

  4. Hi,
    1st Oct 2015 Thursday , was my birthday, that early morning I had a dream the image of Lord Perumal had appear to me . What does that mean, what should i do any ideas, is it beneficial. Thanks

    1. Wow how blessed are you ! Try to keep a vegetarian fast for the next few Saturdays till Purtassi is over.If you can go to a temple on Saturday and make a fruit offering x

  5. Thank you we have kept the fast and its something we do on our accord and god assists us ,we don’t even think of meat ,or anything ,and feel nothing when the advertisers promote meat or a braai ,that’s when we know we are blessed

    1. Hi Deven thanks for reading I totally agree with you.I have had no cravings or been tempted even when out at wirk functions and others are eating meat.This year I am really enjoying the fast.

  6. Hi All. A blessed Purtassi to all. I am not Tamil speaking but I married into a Tamil famil. I have been fasting for the past 30 years. Last year I fasted salt less on Saturdays. This year I fasted saltess thus far and will continue until purtassi ends. It is a very
    Humbling experiencing. Purtassi is a very fulfilling month for me and my family. I wish. All a blessed Purtassi.Govinda, Govinda, Govinda. All my regards Shandrika

  7. For the first time I am confused. I have done my Saturday prayer & my husband & kids broke their fast on Sunday. My husband is a long distance driver & its difficult to fast on the road. I had to prepare the food for him. Should I follow suit & only fast on Saturdays as my food can get contaminated easily

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