Karwa/ Karva Chauth is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in a Hindu culture. This year karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 8th October. According to Hindu calendar, it is celebrated in Paksha Chaturthi of Kartik month. It is celebrated in all states of India with the different culture but most popular in north India. Married women do fasting for the long life of their husband.
Karwa/ karva Chauth vrat Katha
According to Hindu mythology, karwa Chauth story is found as karwa Chauth vrat Katha. Karwa Chauth Katha is of about a girl having seven brothers. She is the Beloved sister of 7 brothers. All of them eat their food with their sister at age of 21 she got married to the prince of that state. When she came to his brother’s house after marriage, she was on fast of karwa Chauth for a long life of her husband. Brothers feeling hungry and they ask her sister to eat food with them but she refused to eat before the moon. Then brothers got an idea they show her sister fake moon with lamplight and they ask them to open her fast. When she consumed food her husband died. In the guilt of her husband’s death, she penances and prayed to karwa Mata and asked karwa Mata to forgive her and bless her husband with new life. Touched by her penance Mata karwa granted her husband’s life and asked her to keep fast on the same day every year for the long life of her husband.
Karwa/ karva Chauth puja vidhi
Married women have to wake up early in the morning and have to eat sargi before the sun rises. After sargi women have to do nirjala fast (without food and water) for the full day. Married women wear beautiful red sarees, bangles and do full makeup. They also put mehndi on their hands. Then colonies married women gathered at one place and do karwa chauth katha and perform karwa Chauth pooja. They also sing various traditional songs. Then women do pooja of Mata karwa or Ma Parvati’s clay idol. They also exchange puja thali and karwa in between them. In the night they prepare food like halwa, puri, mathri, mithi sewaiyan, and offer this to Ma Parvati as Prashad. They open their fast after spotting moon by drinking water with their husband hand.