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Karwa Chauth 2023: Significance of Vrat and The Myth of The Hindu Festival

According to Hindu Mythology, Karva Chauth pooja is observed across the nation in the month of Karthik (Hindu calendar). On the fourth day of the Karthik month, Hindu married women pray for their husband’s long life and seek blessings from God. The married women observe fast on this auspicious day by offering Karva Chauth pooja. Adding that, they also offer food to God, which is considered as a part of Karva Chauth pooja. It is believed that Karva Chauth Vrat strengthens the husband-wife relationship and blesses them with a long and healthy life.

Over the years, however, the festival of Karwa Chauth has become more than just fasting, here are Five Brilliant Ways People Celebrate Karwa Chauth across the country.

In this blog, we will talk about the Karva Chauth pooja and its importance. But before that, let us find out how married women observe Karwa Chauth fast? The women keep this fast without having a single drop of water. Indian brides wear a traditional outfit and apply mehendi on their hands to perform the Karwa Chauth Vrat. In Hindu mythology, women can break the fast only after sighting the moon in the sky. Following the prayers, the couple exchanges the sweets to themselves and ends the fast.

The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated across the nation, mainly in Northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh. During this festival, women also worship Lord Shiva and Lord Parvati to seek longevity of their partner.

This year Karva Chauth will be observed on the 1st of November, Wednesday. Below are the date and timings to be noted:

Karwa Chauth Tithi Timings:

Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat:  06:00 PM to 07:13 PM (Duration – 01 Hour 13 Mins)
Karwa Chauth Upavasa Time: 06:11 AM to 09:07 PM (Duration – 14 Hours 56 Mins)
Moonrise on Karwa Chauth Day: 09:07 PM
Chaturthi Tithi Begins: 09:30 PM on Oct 31, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi Ends: 09:19 PM on Nov 01, 2023

During the Karwa Chauth pooja, breaking the fast and exchange of gifts can be done, once the beautiful sight of the Moon is visible. The married woman dresses like a bride in auspicious colours of Karva Chauth and stands along with her husband in front of the glowing moon. Later, the couple performs the rituals by singing folk songs, where the husband helps his better half to end the fast.

There are some Do’s and Don’ts for Karva Chauth that one needs to keep in mind. Here is how to perform Karva Chauth Puja accurately:

  • Following sunrise, set yourself free from the day-to-day work.
  • Chant Hindu mantras while taking a bath in order to start your Karwa Chauth fast.
  • Then you can begin your one-day Fast. You should not consume food or drink water until you see the Moon.
  • In the evening, perform Ganesh pooja and worship the Goddess Parvati and the God Shiva. In case you are not aware of the Vedic rituals let our experts in performing Ganesh Puja Online at the comforts of your home.
  • Look out for the glimpse of the Moon and once the Moon is visible, break the day-long fast.
  • Break your fast by drinking water and eating sweets from your husband’s hand.
  • Seek blessings from God and elderly people of your family.

According to the Hindu belief, the story of queen Veervati gave us the reason to observe Karva Chauth Vrat. The queen Veervati was the first one to keep the Karwa Chauth Vrat. The queen waited for the moon to appear so that she could break the fast. Later, the queen found herself unwell and seeing this, her brothers requested her to break the fast. When the queen refused to do so, her brothers came up with a bait and Veervati fell into it. When the queen agreed to break the fast, the news arrived that her husband, the King, was dead.

In Mahabharata, Draupadi kept the Karwa Chauth Vrat for the Pandavas. Similarly, goddess Parvati also had Karwa Chauth Vrat for her husband, Lord Shiva. Another tale behind the famous Karva Chauth Vrat is of women Karva who challenged Yama (God of death), and in return, she earned the longevity of her husband.

Now, you know how this fast is being observed on Karwa Chauth and the significance of performing it. Women since ages keep Vrat to seek blessings for the longevity of their husbands. This not only shows the love of women to their husbands but also to her in-laws. In fact, the unmarried girls also keep Vrat on this day to fulfil their desire of getting a caring life partner.

We wish our fellow readers a happy Karwa Chauth. May you have a pleasant time with your loved ones.

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