Karwa Chauth Rituals, Story, and Importance
The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated on the Chaturthi Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. Karwa Chauth is a festival in which women pray for the long life of their husbands. On the day of Karva Chauth, women observe a fast throughout the day and pray for the long life of their husbands. In many areas of North India, there is a tradition of eating Sargi before sunrise in the morning on this day.Sargi is eaten first thing in the morning before starting the fast of Karwa Chauth. After this, fasting for the whole day, fasting is broken by offering Arghya to the moon when the moon rises in the evening.
Karwa Chauth 2024 Date
Karwa Chauth on Sunday, 20 October 2024
Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurta- 05:46 PM to 07:02 PM
Karwa Chauth Fasting Time- 06:25 am to 07:54 pm
Moonrise on Karwa Chauth - 07:54 pm
Chaturthi Tithi Starts- 20 October 2024 at 06:46 am
Chaturthi Tithi Ends - 21 October 2024 at 04:16 am
Karwa Chauth Importance
The festival of Karwa Chauth is a symbol of the sacred bond of Indian culture that is between husband and wife. In Indian culture, the husband has been given the name of God.
Karwa Chauth brings a new request for both husband and wife and the consciousness of immense love, sacrifice, and sacrifice for each other.
On this day, women take the form of complete married ladies, wear clothes and ornaments and pray to the moon for their husband's long life.
After a day's fast, women adorn themselves and take a vow in front of the Lord that they should feel complete devotion to their husbands by mind, word, and deed.
Not only the moon god is worshiped on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month, but Shiva-Parvati and Kartikeya are also worshipped.
The law of worship of Shiva and Parvati is done for the purpose that just as Shailputri Parvati, after doing severe penance, attained Lord Shankar and attained unbroken good fortune, they should get the same.
Anyway, Gauri worship has special significance for unmarried girls and married women.
According to a famous story in this context, during the exile of the Pandavas, when Arjuna went to the Indranil mountain to do penance, Draupadi was worried that he did not return for a long time.
Krishna came and told the fast of Karwa Chauth, removing Draupadi's worries, and also narrated the story that Shivaji had narrated to Parvati in this regard.
Karwa Chauth Story
In the city of Indraprastha, a learned Brahmin named Vedasharma had seven sons and a daughter named Veeravati. Veeravati was married to a Brahmin named Sudarshan. All the sons of the Brahmin were married. Once, during the fasting of Karva Chauth, the sisters-in-law of Veeravati fasted with a complete method, but Veeravati could not bear the hunger for the whole day by staying waterless and sat down. On the concern of the brothers, the sisters-in-law told that Veeravati is suffering from hunger but fasting after seeing the moon. Hearing this, the brothers went out to the fields and lit a fire and made a moon-like scene by stretching the cloth, then went and told the sister that the moon has come out. Hearing this, Veeravati ate food after offering Arghya. Offering Arghya to the fake moon broke her fast and her husband suddenly fell ill. He could not recover.
Once Indra's wife Indrani came to earth to observe the fast of Karwa Chauth. On learning this, Veeravati went and prayed to Indrani to tell her the remedy for her husband's recovery. Indrani said that this condition of your husband has happened due to the breaking of the Karva Chauth fast kept by you. If you observe this fast without breaking it with complete rituals, then your husband will be cured. Since then the fasting of Karva Chauth is prevalent.
Karva Chauth Rituals for Unmarried
Unmarried girls should not fast without water like married women. Instead, they should make sure that they do not eat anything for the whole day i.e. fast without food.
Mehandi has special significance on Karva Chauth, unmarried girls especially married women should apply henna on their hands, by doing this they get their desired partner soon.
On the day of Karva Chauth, unmarried girls are prohibited from dressing up like married women, on the contrary, during the fast they should wear new clothes and live simply without any make-up.
On the day of Karva Chauth, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati should be worshiped diligently in the morning, whereas in the evening, they should participate in Karva Pujan along with all the married women of their society.
Girls whose marriage has not yet been fixed should burn the pole star instead of the moon.
Karwa Chauth Rituals
The idol of Goddess Parvati is kept in worship. Every woman lights a lamp on her puja plate while listening to the story of Karva Chauth. There is also vermilion on the plate, and incense sticks and rice are also kept on the plate.
On this occasion, women wear heavily embroidered saris in red, pink, or other bridal colors and all other symbols of married women like tika, bindi, bangles, earrings, etc. like a bride. Once the moon rises, women see their reflection in a plate or sieve of water. She then offers water to the moon and prays for her husband's safety, prosperity, and long life.
Married women observe the fast of Karwa Chauth for the long life of their husbands. Talk to Astrologer to know about Karwa Chauth Puja.