Last Updated: 1/4/2013 5:43:45 PM
Karwa Chauth, the beautiful day which strengthens the marital bond of a husband & wife, will be celebrated on October 30, 2015. The day when married women please Moon Lord for the longevity & welfare of their husbands, is very significant in Hinduism. Let’s talk more about it here...
Karva Chauth is the occasion when married Hindu women in North India seek the blessings of God for their husband's long life. This festival is observed on the fourth day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin, which is also called Kartik according to some calendars. Karwa Chauth is being celebrated since ages, as it gives more strength to the relationship of a husband and wife.
Though a strict fast, with neither food nor water, this festival is quite popular among the newlyweds. A few days before the festival, markets are full of items needed for the festival. The preparations for this festival start a week in advance.
On this day, women get up before sunrise. They worship Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya and the Moon. The blessings of the Gods are invoked for longevity and prosperity of their husbands and children. Mothers-in-law give their daughters-in-law sumptuous food called 'Sargi' to eat before sunrise, as the fast starts before sunrise and ends only after worshiping the Moon at night. It is a tough fast, as the women do not take any food or water.
Before evening, the married woman receives the Baya or a basket full of goodies from her mother, which is meant for the mother-in-law. Most women wear their wedding day veils on this occasion. The basket contains sweets, fruits and a Sari. Before the Sun sets, women gather in one house and prepare a corner for the Puja. This Puja Chowk is beautifully decorated and a small platform is prepared against a wall. On this, the image of Gauri Mata or Goddess Parvati is placed. In the olden days, this image was made of cow-dung. The preparation for the Puja stars at about 4 or 5 p.m.
An elderly woman of the family narrates the legend of Karva Chauth Katha. The women then pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. While offering prayers, they pass their Bayas from one to another.
Women wait for the Moon and as soon as the Moon is sighted, prayers are offered. They see the Moon through Chalni (a metallic ring with net). Then they look at their husband's face the same way. They pray for their husband's and family's welfare. Then a sip of water is taken from the husband’s hand and the fast comes to an end. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, women decorate the entrance walls of their home with drawings of Goddess Parvati, the Moon and the Sun. The evening puja is performed with earthen lamps and a 'Karva'. (Earthen pitcher). Before looking at the Moon, women pray to the figurines at their doorstep.
This was all about Karwa Chauth. We wish you a blessed Karwa Chauth 2015!
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