Sakat Chauth Vrat Katha
Long ago there was a potter in a village. He used to make nice clay pots and used to harden them in the kiln. One year when the potter kept utensils in the kiln, the fire was not able to ripen the pots. Clay pots were not ripened even after repeated attempts. At last the potter approached the king for the help. After hearing the plight of the potter the king consulted royal Pandit (also known as Rajpurohit) and asked for some solution of this strange phenomenon. Rajpurohit suggested offering Bali of a child each time kiln is prepared for utensils.
After listening to Rajpurohit, King decreed that each family should offer one child whenever kiln is prepared. All families, one by one, started giving one of the children to obey decree of the king.
After some days it was turn of an old woman who had only one son. It was day of Sakat Chauth. The old woman had only one son in the family to support her in old days. The order of the king could not be disobeyed. The old woman feared that on auspicious day of Sakat her only child would be killed.
The old woman, an ardent devotee of Goddess Sakat, gave her only son Betal nut of Sakat and“Dub Ka Beeda” (दूब का बीड़ा) as symbolic cover of protection. The old lady suggested her son to pray Goddess Sakat while in kiln and assured him that these items with the grace of Goddess Sakat would protect him from the fire of kiln.
The child was made to sit in kiln. At the same time old woman started worshipping Goddess Sakat to protect the life of her only son. The kiln was lit and left to get prepared for coming days.
Due to grace of Goddess Sakat, the kiln which used to take many days to ripen was prepared within one night. Next day in the morning when potter came to inspect the kiln, he was astonished to see it. He found not only the son of old woman safe and alive but also other children who were offered before to prepare kiln were also alive.
After this incident all city folks accepted power and compassionate nature of Goddess Sakat. City folks also praised the boy and his mother for their devotion and trust to Goddess Sakat. The day of Sakat Chauth is to commemorate the gratitude of Goddess Sakat. Mothers worship Goddess Sakat and pray to save their children from any untoward incidents.