Karwa Chauth 2019: Significance, Rituals and Beliefs

17 Oct 2019

About Karwa Chauth Festival
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Karwa Chauth festival falls on the fourth day in the dark fortnight of the Karthik month. This year it will fall on October 17, 2019. While married women observe the fast for the longevity and well-being of their husbands, some maidens observe it with a desire to get a good partner.
Some important aspects of Karwa Chauth:
On the Karwa Chauth day, the Shiva parivaar, that is, Lord Shiva himself, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya are supposed to be worshipped. The family of Lord Shiva is considered to be the most ideal one and both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are known to confer great marital happiness and material prosperity. The other deity who holds utmost importance on this day is the Moon. 
The alternative beliefs: 
In the days of yore, the festival of Karwa Chauth was celebrated by a bride and a specially chosen woman to be her best friend in her in-laws place as per Karwa Chauth story. The bride could confide anything to this 'friend' in her in-laws place, and it was mostly a friendship with the aim to help the bride get to know her in-laws better and break the ice to establish communications. However, over time, this aspect of the festival fizzled out and women started observing a fast on the day, four days into the Kartik month, to pray for the longevity of her husband. Are you facing a rough patch in your marital sphere? Do you feel that the charm in the relationship is lacking? Then our personalised report - Marital Problems is tailor-made for you!
Some of the most important paraphernalia that form a part of this festival are: Kumkum (Vermillion), Honey, Incense Sticks, Flowers, Cow Milk, Curd, Ghee (Clarified Butter), Lamps, Wheat, Camphor, Sieve, etc.
The military angle:
Karwa Chauth also used to be celebrated in the north and north-western parts of India by the wives of soldiers when they were about to depart on a long-distance journey in the line of duty to protect the country. Their wives prayed that their husbands emerge victorious and return safely. It is spoken of in the Mahabharata that Krishna told Draupadi that if she fasted on the day of Karwa Chauth, the Pandavas would come back safely from the war. Our tradition is very rich. It has some very powerful methods to help us live well. One such technique is Kundli Matching, where the horoscopes of the boy and girl is matched before they get married. 
Other legends:
Karwa Chauth falls in the wheat sowing season, that is at the beginning of the Rabi crop season. In ancient time wheat was stored in huge earthen pots, also called 'Karwa', and since it falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month, it began to be called Karwa Chauth. Women would pray for their husbands to reap a rich harvest. Then there is the belief that if unmarried women fast on this day, they are likely to get a very handsome husband.
Karwa Chauth symbolises the spirit of romance and affection between a wife and her husband. Some Bollywood films have beautifully depicted the concept of this festival.
On Karwa Chauth, women wake up early, finish their morning chores, and then worship Lord Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha as per the puja vidhi, and then they eat something, but this is done before Sunrise. Once the Sun rises, women start their fast, and do not even drink a drop of water as per the Karwa Chauth vrat vidhi. After Sun-set, when the moon rises, they look at the face of their husband through a sieve, and then break their fast. 
On Karwa Chauth, the women are generally advised not to indulge in strenuous activities. Moreover, even after breaking the fast, light food should be consumed. 
With Ganesha's Grace, 
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team 

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