What to do when vow has been broken by a person? Can any prayaschit is there What are the Prayaschitta measures for breaking a vow??? Here Here the vow maker taken aperson(who took the vow) took it without knowing anything about it. Now Now what kind of punishment(as per Scriptures) must the aspirantone undergo for the breakage ofbreaking such vow??? Here the vow maker took a vow to complete a vow when he gets job and in his mind he was thinking of a govt job but now he get a private job. Shall he have to fulfill his vow ??? Does his words taken into consideration or what he think will be taken into consideration???if he fulfill it now then it will be consider na that his vow is completed and when he get govt job then he don't have to do it again???

  • He can fulfill Vow now.
    – The Destroyer
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:26
  • There are Prayaschits for every Karmas. You need not to be so afraid concerning it...
    – Tezz
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:26
  • Can he fulfill vow before
    – suman
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:50
  • Means if he said after this. Can he fulfill his vow before time if he know he can't fulfill it after he had said?
    – suman
    Mar 9, 2017 at 13:52
  • "took it without knowing anything about it"-What is meant by that?Do u mean he did not know about the significance of taking/fulfilling vow while he took it?
    – Rickross
    Mar 9, 2017 at 14:09

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Taking Vows and accomplishing them is related to personal belief. So, scriptures (Dharma Sastras) don't explicitly mention rules about "Vows".

This is what an Acharya from Telugu states says (Video in telugu)

People take vows to fulfill their wishes or to get rid of their wordly difficulties (iShTa or kaShTa). Now, arises the doubt of Sastra Pramana for vows. For example, if a burglar takes a vow to not get caught and police officer takes a vow to catch him and if both of them take vow to same God, then which vow God should fulfill? So, it is purely related to personal belief. It's always better to fulfill the vow in same temple, as this is related to belief.

This is what Sri Annadanam Chidambarasastry says (Video in telugu)

Generally we feel there's no need to fulfill our vow if our problem is not solved. But our conscience should agree with it. Lord knows what is correct and not correct. For example, if we want to meet a person for some urgent work and if we are waiting for a bus to go to his city and bus got delayed, we ask God to send bus early and may take a vow to visit temple if it fulfills. But we miss the bus and it turns out the person whom we want to meet stays in the same city we live and we saw him in Bus Station. Here, we didn't know what was correct but Lord helped us. We may not get what we wish, but Lord grants the correct or beneficial thing to us. So, it's always better to fulfill our vow even though our particular wish is not fulfilled.

It's always better to fulfill our vow, irrespective of what we get. God owes us if we do that, as said by Mylavarapu Srinivasa Rao in this video (Telugu). So, instead of Prayaschita, we can fulfill vow or from above statements, fulfilling vow can be considered as atonement.

  • So he can complete his vow now and he don't have to do it again na . completing his vow can be treated as his vow his completed and not broken??
    – suman
    Mar 10, 2017 at 3:53
  • @suman Yes. If he completes, there is nothing to do.
    – The Destroyer
    Mar 10, 2017 at 4:07
  • "It's always better to fulfill the vow in same temple, as this is related to belief." ... same temple? Why? Mar 11, 2017 at 6:00
  • @sv. Because it's related to belief, not scriptures. If you have taken vow to visit Srisailam, it's better or suggested to go to Sriasailam, but not Rameswaram or Kasi, as your Antaratma believes that wrong thing happened as you didn't visit Srisailam. You can see 1st video.
    – The Destroyer
    Mar 11, 2017 at 6:03
  • As per the second video we should fulfil our vows made to God even if God doesnt fulfils our wish. Suppose a person made a vow to God's deity in a temple that if God heals his brother completely 100% then he will take his brother to Jagannath puri temple darshan.After some months, his brother healed but not 100% as he wished from God.Still he brought his brother to Jagannath puri darshan and completed his vow/promise which he made to God. Now after some more years,his brother got healed 100%.Do he has to bring his brother to jagannath puri darshan again and fulfil his vow again?
    – Amit
    Jan 29, 2020 at 4:50

Suppose, a person goes to a temple and makes the following promise in front of god - "If this particular wish of mine is fulfilled then I am going to do this in return", then once his wish really gets fulfilled he better fulfill the promise too. Because, otherwise it is considered as an offense.

Now if anybody makes a false promise or swears falsely, taking the Tûlasî leaf in his hands, if anybody makes a false promise, taking the Ganges water, S’âlagrâma stone, or any other images of God in his hand; if anybody swears falsely, placing his right palm on the palm of another; if anybody swears falsely, being in a temple or touching a Brâhmana or a cow; if anybody acts against his friends or others, if he be treacherous or if he gives a false evidence; then all these persons go to Jvâlâ Mukha hell, and remain there for fourteen Indra’s life periods, chastised and beaten by My messengers and feeling pain as if one’s body is being burnt by red hot coal.

Devi Bhagavatam Book 9, Chapter 35

(NOTE - This is only a partial answer as I have not given any praysachittas yet)

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