“I am one of the many fortunate women who get to stay hungry and thirsty all day in order to magically lengthen my other half’s life,” quoted by Twinkle Khanna in her book Mrs Funnybones. This is the first thought that comes to our mind when we hear about this ancient ritual of Karva Chauth. We all have a rough idea about the story behind the ritual and there are numerous versions of it.
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The story revolves around a sister and her seven brothers. The only sister and youngest, she was loved and cherished by all her brothers. On the day of Karva Chauth, she came to her mother’s place and was fasting as per the ritual. Since she was hungry and thirsty, her brothers couldn’t bear the same. They begged her to eat but she denied as the moon was not out. Brothers came up with a plan and made her do pooja of a mirage flame and she did that unknowingly. As soon as she sat to eat, news arrived that her husband is dead. Heartbroken, she prayed to the goddess who told her about the trickery. Goddess asked her to do the pooja with all rituals and her husband will be back to life next year. She did the same and reunited with her husband.
Now the point remains, does the modern generation believe in this? So we asked a few ladies about their opinion about this ritual and the answers were quite surprising. We asked them what has changed over the years and if they would like to recommend it to their future generation.