On October 8, Sunday morning, the nation is celebrating Karwa Chauth. It is a festival celebrated by the Hindu women. During Karwa Chauth, women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. Karwa Chauth, falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Kartik. On this day, married women who observe Karva Chauth, break the fast only after offering prayers to the moon.

The process of celebrating Karwa Chauth!

While celebrating Karwa Cahuth, women from fasting for the well being of their husbands, worship Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Kartik, and observe nirjala vrat (fast without food and water) throughout the day until they sight the moon. Since the festival is celebrated primarily by women, men are entirely excluded from the festival’s observances until moonrise, though they are expected to demonstrate attention and concern for their fasting wives.

How was the word ‘Karwa Chauth’ derived?

‘Karwa Chauth’ is made up from two different words where ‘Karwa’ means pot and ‘Chauth’ means fourth. The festival which is celebrated on the fourth day of Krishna-paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik, coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi, a day dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Here is a quick learning guide to Karwa Chauth!

There are many stories relating to Karwa Chauth, one of the most legendary one is related to Veeravati. Well, you can easily reard her whole story on internet, but here we will help you cut the long story short. On this day, women wake up before sunrise and eat sargi. Sargi is a traditional pre-dawn meal prepared by mother-in-law, it is also the first meal that a married woman eats on this day. The meal consists of dry fruits, coconut accompanied by jewelry and gifts. Once the meal is over women cannot eat or drink throughout the day until the moon is sighted. There is a tradition when women look at the moon and their husband through a sieve. Husband later offers water and sweet to the wife to break the fast.

Tithi

Relax you need not go through every newspaper to find the correct ‘tithi’ for Karwa Chauth. We got is covered for you.

Puja muhurat for Karwa Chauth — 6:17 PM to 7:31 PM on October 8
Moonrise time on Karwa Chauth day — 8:43 PM on October 8
Chaturthi tithi beginning — 4:58 pm on October 8
Ending time of Karwa Chauth — 2:16 pm on October 9

First Published | 8 October 2017 7:29 AM
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