Karwa Chauth is a fasting day for married women. It is done during Krishna Paksha Chaturthi according to Hindu calendar. On this day, Hindu women keep a fast for the entire day and pray for the long lively-hood, good fortune of their husbands.
Hindu married women offer prayers to Lord Shiva and his family. Karwa Chauth coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi, a fasting day observed for Lord Ganesha. Women open the Karva Chauth fast only after completing auspicious process of offering prayers to the moon. Hindu married women keep the Karwa Chauth fast for the long life of their husbands.
Karwa Chauth day is also known as Karak Chaturthi (करक चतुर्थी). Married women for the good fortune of their husband offer water to the moon as part of their prayer, known as Argha (अर्घ) by holding an Atta Chani in another hand. The water is offered by keeping the Atta Chani between the moon and water container. Karwa Chauth is very significant during Puja and it is also given as ‘Dan’ (charity) to the Brahmin woman.
Karva Chauth festival is known by the different names in other parts of the country.
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Hindu women keep the fast for a whole day. As part of festival rituals in the afternoon, women sit in a circle with neighbourhood including their other friends and exchange their Karwa Chauth ‘Thalis’ during the puja.
After the Karwa Chuth Puja, women wait for the moon to open the fast. When the moon rise, women see its reflection in a vessel filled with water and offer Arka. Then they turn towards their husband and see them through the Atta Chani. As part of the tradition, the first meal or drink consumed by women after opening the fast is fed by their husbands who offer water and sweet from the puja thali.
Karwa Chauth 2017: Puja Muhurat and Chandrodaya time on Karva Chauth
- Date: October 8
- Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat – 18:16 P.M. to 19:30 P.M.
- Moonrise on Karva Chauth day– 20:40 P.M.