Festival of married women – fasting of Karva Chauth
The fast of Karva Chauth is observed on the Chaturthi of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartik. Married women observe this fast for the long life of their husbands and unmarried girls to get a suitable groom.
Some important aspects related to Karva Chauth
There is a ritual of worshiping the Shiva family on the day of Karva Chauth. Under which married women worship Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya with full devotion and faith. Lord Shiva’s family is considered ideal for all and Shiva-Parvati is known to bestow happiness and prosperity in married life. On this day the worship of Moon is also very important.
In ancient times, the festival of Karva Chauth was celebrated by the bride and her specially chosen friend from her in-laws’ side. However, with the passage of time the outlook of this festival has changed and women started fasting on this day to wish for the long life of their husbands. Celebrated on the Chaturthi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month, this festival is one of the major festivals of Hindus. It is mainly celebrated in states like Punjab, UP, Haryana, MP and Rajasthan. Under this fast, which starts with sargi at 4 o’clock in the morning, women break their fast after offering prayers to the moon. Many stories are prevalent regarding this fast. Are you also facing difficulties in your married life? Do you feel that there is a lack of attraction in your life? Then our personalized report on Marital Life Problems will guide you in the right direction.
Worship method of Karva Chauth fast
According to mythological texts, on this day, by making an altar of clay, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya should be worshiped by installing the moon along with them. Listen to the story of Karva Chauth after worship and when there is moon sighting, one should look at the moon first and then at the husband after offering half to the moon. After this, this fast is eaten only after drinking water from the husband’s hands. After the puja, keeping rice, urad dal, sugar and ingredients of suhag in an earthen pot, touch the feet of a mother-in-law or a mother-in-law and present the suhag material to them.
Karva Chauth worship material
Kumkum, honey, incense sticks, flowers, raw milk, curd, ghee, suhagin material (mehandi, kumkum, comb, bindi, chunri, bangle, nettle) karva, lamp, camphor, wheat, sugar, turmeric, pot of water, yellow sand Collect all the materials like wooden seat, sieve, halua, money for Dakshina a day in advance.
Significance of Chandra Puja
The fast of Karva Chauth, which is kept with the wish for the long life of the husband, is completed only after offering ardhya to the moon. In the Puranic Upanishads, it is believed that the Moon is the form of Brahma in the form of a man, whose worship destroys all the sins of man. Moon provides mental peace which strengthens relationships. There is also an importance that Moon is the ornament of Shivji’s Jata which is also a symbol of longevity. In such a situation, the fast ends with the sighting of the moon, wishing for the strength of the relationship and the longevity of the husband.
In North and North-Western parts, this festival is celebrated by the wives of the soldiers. When the soldiers of the country are posted on the remote borders to protect their country, then their wives pray for the victory and safe return of their husbands through this fast. It is said that during the war of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna had told Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, that if she observes a fast on the day of Karva Chauth, the Pandavas would return safely from the war.
Karwa Chauth comes at the time when the wheat crop is sown in the fields. This is also the time for harvesting rabi crops. In ancient times, wheat was stored in large quantities in an earthen pot called Karwa. Usually this time used to be on the Chaturthi of Kartik month, hence this festival came to be known as Karva Chauth. In villages, wives pray to God for a good harvest for their husbands. Along with this, it is also believed that if unmarried girls observe this fast with full devotion and faith, then they can also get a suitable groom.
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