Karwa Chauth aka Karva Chauth is a widely observed festival by married women in India. Females pray for the good health and prosperity of their husbands by observing a fast on the Chaturthi of Krishna Paksh of Kartik month. This year, Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 17 October 2019. A woman observing a Karwa Chauth fast aka vrat does not consume any eatables or even water the whole day. At night, once the moon has been sighted, ladies conduct a pooja, then view the moon first through a chalni (strainer) and then their husbands. The better halves then break their significant other’s fast by giving her water, dry fruits, etc.
Who can keep a Karwa Chauth ka vrat?
According to popular belief, Karwa Chauth is not seen as just a festival but a way to strengthen a husband and wife’s bond. Besides married women, girls who are about to get married also observe a fast for their husband-to-be.
Why is the moon worshipped on Karwa Chauth?
Moon is synonymous with longevity, peace, and love. Thus, women offer prayers to the moon in return for their husbands to have a long, happy and healthy life.
What kind of fast is observed on Karwa Chauth?
The Karwa Chauth vrat is nirjal meaning, one cannot even consume water during the fasting period.
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How is Karwa Chauth celebrated?
A mother-in-law gives sargi to her daughter(s)-in-law ahead of Karwa Chauth, it contains nuts, sweets, accessories, and other shringar items. On the day of Karwa Chauth, women start their fast by consuming this sargi at around four in the morning and then don’t have any food grains or water until the moon comes out in the sky. It is considered auspicious to dress up in your wedding wear if not, red colour dominates the wardrobe on Karwa Chauth day. Females even apply henna on their hands a day prior.
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Towards the evening, women gather together for a celebration of sorts. Karwa Chauth Katha is central to the festival. The ritual is incomplete without listening to the story, thus, it is recommended to not skip it.
What ingredients you need for Karwa Chauth pooja?
A special plate is put together for the moon sighting. It contains lamp (diya), vermilion, akshata (rice flakes), kumkum, roli and sweets made of rice. To conduct the pooja, you need kumkum, honey, incense sticks, flowers, raw milk, sugar, pure ghee, curd, rosemary, sweets, Ganges water, sandalwood, rice, vermilion, rosemary, Mahavar, comb, dot, chunri, bangle, nettle, mud spout Karwa and lid, diya, cotton, camphor, wheat, sugar powder, turmeric, water pot, yellow clay for making Gauri, wooden posture, sieve, athavari of eight puris, halwa, money for Dakshina.
Daughters-in-law have to gift their mother-in-law suhaag stuff that includes sarees, bangles, bindis, mehendi (henna), vermilion etc.
Karwa Chauth pooja muhurat and tithi:
Karwa Chauth pooja muhurat – 17 October 2019 17:46 to 19:02
Chandrodaya: 17 October 2019 20:20
Watch Abhi and Pragya in a Karwa Chauth sequence from Kumkum Bhagya here:
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