The festival of Karwa Chauth is an important festival for all married women. From sunrise till moonrise, a married woman keeps a fast for the safety of her husband. The woman Keeps fast without eating any food and even without drinking water all throughout the day. It seems to be difficult but the doting wives perform all these with much love and respect in their head and heart for their husbands.
However, Karwa Chauth’s charm is mostly seen in the northern parts of the country. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon (Purnima), which is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik. This year it will be celebrated on 27th October. Married women observe this fast for the safety and longevity of their husbands. Bachelor women also keep this fast for their future grooms.
Karwa Chauth 2018 timings in India
Date: 27th October
Karwa Chauth: 05:36 pm to 06:54 pm (17:36 to 18:53)
(Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes)
Karwa Chauth moon rise time: 08:00 pm
Karwa Chauth Significance
On the day of Karwa Chauth, women observe a nirjala fast, which means without food and water for the long life of their husbands. After keeping nirjala for the whole day, women offer prayers to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Kartik to bless them with a blissful and delightful life.
History of Karwa Chauth
People associates so many stories with this festival of Karwa Chauth. The story of Queen Veervati is quite prominent. The queen Veervati was the only sister of seven brothers. She was at her parent’s house when she observed her first fast of Karva Chauth. She began her fast after sunrise but, by the evening, she suffered severe thirst and hunger.
Her seven brothers could not see their sister in such condition and created a mirror in a pipal tree that made it look as if the moon had risen. Veervati mistook it for the moon and broke her fast. The moment she took her first morsel, a message came that her husband was dead. She was heartbroken, and she spent the whole night weeping until a Goddess appeared before her and asked her the reason for crying. When she explained it to her, the Goddess revealed how her brothers had tricked her. The Goddess instructed her to repeat the Karva Chauth fast with complete devotion. Veervati decided to keep the fast. By looking at Veervati’s devotion towards her husband, Yama (God of death) was compelled to restore her husband to life.
Rituals and celebrations
Indian Women begin the preparations of Karva Chauth few days in advance. The ladies dressed in beautiful Indian attires mostly red. They apply henna, sing songs, and exchange karwas to their married female counterparts. On the day of Karwa Chauth, married women wake up early in the morning before sunrise to eat sargi (a special meal for the fast). After eating sargi, women stay without water and food for the whole day, till the time they see the moon in the evening. Once the devotees see the moon, the ladies perform the puja; they offer water to the moon in order to seek blessings. Women break their fast with water and food after all rituals are done.