Karva Chauth is an auspicious Hindu festival for women and is celebrated with great pomp and show. This festival is mostly celebrated in the northern part of India like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and is also celebrated in other parts of the world. This festival of Karva Chauth falls every year in the month of Kartik when Chaturthi falls on Krishna Paksha. This year the festival of Karva Chauth is being celebrated on 24 October 2021. On this day, women perform various rituals and worship. On this day every woman observes a fast for the well being of her husband.
Every married woman and soon to be married women celebrate this festival for the long life and longevity of their husbands. And fasting has special significance. On this, every married and soon-to-be married woman observes a fast from sunrise to the rising of the moon. They do not consume food and water throughout the day. They end their fast after worshiping the Moon in the evening or offering Arghya to the Moon in the evening.
Rules of fasting of Karva Chauth
On the day of Karva Chauth fasting, every married woman wakes up before sunrise and goes to eat and drink. This will help them to fast till moonrise. Whatever they eat and drink in the morning, their mother-in-law has prepared it. We call it sargi. Every mother-in-law gives sargi to her daughter-in-law to eat before sunrise as the fast begins before sunrise and ends after worshiping the moon at night. Women do not take water throughout the day and break their fast by offering Arghya to the moon at night. On this day every woman dressed beautifully to perform the puja. After performing the puja, women receive Karva Chauth gifts and gifts from their mother-in-law known as beas. The items included in the Baya are salty fried snacks (mathri), dry fruits, clothes, bangles and jewelry.
Karva Chauth timings this year:
- Karva Chauth Puja Muhurta: 06:09 PM to 07:24 PM, 24 October 2021
- Karva Chauth fasting time: 06:36 am to 08:46 am, October 24, 2021
- Moonrise on the day of Karva Chauth: 08:46 hrs, October 24, 2021
Rituals of Karva Chauth Puja
Karva Chauth Puja is performed by married women. In this puja, all the married women sit in a circle with their puja plates. Along with this, water is filled in every woman’s karva and at the same time they also put different types of halwa in their plates. The karva of each married woman is tied with a red thread and is decorated with kharia, epun and roli.
When the puja begins, women apply roli tika on Goddess Gauri with their thumb and third finger of right hand and they sprinkle water on the image of the goddess. And the same process is repeated with Epun and Roli. According to tradition, women listen to the story of Karva Chauth from the elderly lady or pandit of the family. Also, women keep whole grains and sweets together while listening to the Karva Chauth fasting story. After the Katha, women pray for the health and long life of their husbands. While listening to the story, they give each other beas while praying.
Fasting Rules: Do’s and Don’ts
According to karva chauth tradition, There are certain rules of fasting. You can neither eat nor drink before the moon rises. You can end the fast after the moon rises and after offering arghya to the moon.
- Eat sargi properly which is prepared or given by mother-in-law
- keep yourself busy during fasting times
- Do not do any physical exercise during fasting
- When you break your fast, don’t eat a heavy meal at first
what not to do
- Pregnant women, diabetic patients and urinary tract infected patients should avoid fasting
- Faulty fasting methods can trigger server health problems
- Don’t fill yourself up with too much food before fasting
- Avoid gossip, slander and abusive language on this auspicious day. When you meet your female group, focus on worship.
- Avoid gymming, all you fitness freak ladies!
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