I heard about this Vrata, known as Nanda Vrata, kept for Lord Shiva, and is considered as the toughest of the Vratas kept for Lord Shiva.

It is said that the Vrata helps oneself to destroy, Mai (myself), from body. I want to know how it is kept, when and how it should be started?

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    – user4231
    Nov 24, 2015 at 22:22
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    Dec 5, 2015 at 20:55

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Nanda Vrata (or Nandyāvrata) was once observed by Devi Sati for good husband (Lord Shiva). This fast continues through one full year. It is described in Shiva Mahapurana, Rudra Samhita (Sati Khanda), Chapter 15 as below.

अथ सापि स्वयं भर्ग प्राप्तमैच्छतदान्वहम्।
पितुर्मनोगर्ति ज्ञात्वा मातुर्निकटमागता।११।।

Sati on the other hand also got anxious to achieve Siva. Realising the mental condition of her father, she went to her mother.

पप्रच्छाज्ञां तपोहेतोः शङ्करस्य विशालधीः।
मातुः शिवाय वीरिण्याः सा सती परमेश्वरी॥१२॥

She said to her mother, "I intend to perform tapas in order to achieve Siva as my husband, I seek your permission.” These were the words spoken by Sati Paramesvari to her mother.

तत: सती महेशानं पर्ति प्राप्मुं दृढ़व्रता।
सा तमाराधयामास गृहे मातुरनुज्ञया।।॥१३॥

Then getting consent of her mother, Sati, with a firm mind, started adoring Siva in her home in order to receive him as her husband.

अाश्विने मासि नन्दायां तिथावानर्च भक्तितः।
गुडौदनैः सलवणैर्हरं नत्वा निनाय तम्।। १४॥

In the month of Asvin, (September-October), on the Nanda-tithi (i.e. first, sixth and the eleventh day of the lunar) fortnight, she adored Siva with great devotion offering the cooked rice with jaggery, and salt, for a month.

कार्तिकस्य चतुर्दश्यामपूपैः पायसैरपि।
समाकीर्णैः समाराध्य सस्मार परमेश्वरम्।।१५।।

On the fourteenth day of the month of Kārtika, she adored and meditated upon Siva offering the Sweet pies and pudding.

मार्गशीर्षेऽसिताष्टम्यां सतिलैः सयवौदनैः॥
पूजयित्वा हरं काली निनाय दिवसान् सती।।१६।।

On the eighth day of Marga-Sirsa (November-December) Satī adored Siva with cooked barley and sesamum seeds, spending the days in his devotion.

पौषे तु शुक्लसतम्यां कृत्वा जागरण निशि।
अपूजयच्छिवं प्रातः कृशरान्नेन सा सती॥१७॥

On the seventh day of the bright half of the month of Pausa (December-January) Sati remained awake during the night and adored Siva in the morning with cooked rice and Krisara (khicadi).

माघे तु पौर्णमास्यां सा कृत्वा जागरणं निशि।
आर्द्रवस्त्रा नदीतीरेऽकरोच्छङ्करपूजनम्॥१८॥

On the full-moon night of Magha, (January-February) she remained awake during the night, and adored Siva on the banks of the river wearing wet clothes.

तपस्यासितभूतायां कृत्वा जागरणं निशि।
विशेषतः समानर्च शैलूषैः सर्वयामसु।।१९।।

She, on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Phalguna (February-March) remained awake during the night and performed special worship of Siva, with wood apple fruits and leaves in a span of every three hours.

चैत्रे शुक्लचतुर्दश्यां पलाशैर्दमनैः शिवम्।
अपूजयद्दिवारात्रौ संस्मरन् सा निनाय तम्॥२०।।

On the fourteenth day of the bright half of the month of Caitra (March-April), Siva was worshipped by her with palasa (Butea frondosa) and damana flowers offered during the day and the night. She spent the rest of the month reciting his name.

माघशुक्लतृतीयायां तिलाहारयवौदनै:।
पूजयित्वा सती रुद्रं गव्यैर्मासं निनाय तम्॥२१॥

After adoring him with cooked rice and sesamum seeds, on the third day of the bright half of the month of Magha (January February) she consumed throughout the rest of the month the products of the cow's milk.

ज्येष्ठस्य पूर्णिमायां वै रात्रौ सम्पूज्य शङ्करम्।
वसनैर्वृहतीपुष्पैर्निराहारा निनाय तम्।।२२।।

Then she adored the lord Siva with the offering of cloths and Brhati flowers on the full moon night of the month of Jyestha (May-June) she observed the fast throughout the month.

आषाढस्य चतुर्दश्यां शुक्लायां कृष्णवाससा।
बृहतीकुसुमैः पूजा रुद्रस्याकारि वै तथा।२३।

On the fourteenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Asadha (June-July), she clad herself in a black cloth, and adored Rudra, offering Brhati flowers.

श्रावणस्य सिताष्टम्यां चतुर्दश्यां च सा शिवम्।
यज्ञोपवीतैर्वासोभिः पवित्रैरप्यपूजयत्॥।२४॥

On the eighth and the fourteenth days of the month of (July-August) Sravana, she worshipped Siva, offering the yajnopavits and the clothes.

भाद्रे कृष्णत्रयोदश्यां पुष्पैर्नानाविधै: फलै:।
सम्पूज्य च चतुर्दश्यां चकार जलभोजनम्।।२५।।

On the thirteenth day of the dark half of Bhādrapada, (August-September) she worshipped Siva, offering various fruits and flowers She took water on the fourteenth day.

नानाविधैः फलैः पुष्पैः सस्यैस्तत्कालसम्भवैः।
चक्रे सुनियताहारा जपन्मासे शिवार्चनम्।।२६॥

She kept strict control over her food and reciting various mantras she worshipped Siva, offering different fruits, flowers and leaves which were quite fresh and readily available.

सर्वमासे सर्वदिने शिवार्चनरता सती।
दृढव्रताऽभवद्देवी स्वेच्छाधृतनराकृतिः॥२७॥

The goddess took to the human form at will and was always engaged in the worship of Siva for days and months remaining firm in her resolve.

इत्थ नन्दाव्रतं कृत्स्त्र समाप्य सुसमाहिता।
दध्यौ शिवं सती प्रेम्णा निश्चलाऽभूदनन्यधीः।।२८।।

Thus she completed the fast of Nandāvrata concentrating her mind to Siva, she was quite firm in her resolve and did not think of any one else.

Please note that, In my opinion it should be वैशाखशुक्लतृतीयायां instead of माघशुक्लतृतीयायां in 21st verse.

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    Bravo what an answer, hats off to you @Triyugi Narayan Mani 🙏
    – user17603
    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:56
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    @aniketkumarsingh Thanks. Glad to know that it helped :) Dec 2, 2019 at 10:12

Nanda Vrat

Godess Sati has observed this vrat to get Shiva as husband. This vrat is observed on the Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami (seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in any Hindu month).

Nanda Vrat is observed for getting good husband or wife.

  • It involves fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
  • One has to purify oneself before sunrise and offer prayers to Shiva on the fasting day.
  • Prayers involve chanting of the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya.”
  • Offer Bilva leaves and white color flower to Shiva. Listen to prayers dedicated to Shiva.
  • You can make a simple sweet dish and offer it as Prasad.
  • While fasting you can eat fruits or other Vrat foods.
  • You have to offer prayers in the morning and in the evening.
  • The fast ends next morning after sunrise.

To complete the fast you should perform food donation – Annadanam to poor children or elderly people on any date after the Vrat.

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    By the question it seems to be tough vrat but from your answer it seems to be a normal vraat like that of janmashtami or ekadashi
    – Yogi
    Aug 28, 2014 at 5:57
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    @Creator, probably that's because Shiva = Bholenath :)
    – Kedarnath
    Aug 28, 2014 at 5:58
  • good argument but Kcloud should remove the mithya tough part
    – Yogi
    Aug 28, 2014 at 6:06
  • @Creator, I will go through more details and if that the case of Kedarnath, then I'll remove the tough part from it, give me some time.
    – Mr. K
    Aug 28, 2014 at 6:22
  • @Kedarnath, the vrat procedure was given to Devi Sati, by Mother of Moon, but I would have an existence before if that the case, I also asked why and when it was started?
    – Mr. K
    Aug 28, 2014 at 6:24

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