Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in many countries in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and long-life of their husbands. Indian Women breaks their fast by the sight of Her husband.

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Karwa Chauth day is also known as Karak Chaturthi . Karwa or Karak refers to the earthen pot through which water offering, known as “Argha”, is made to the moon. “Karva” is very significant during Puja and it is also given as Dan to the Brahmin or any eligible woman.

The date of Karwa Chauth in 2016 is October 19. On Karva Chauth in 2016, all eyes will eagerly wait for the Moon to shine. Karwa Chauth is a festival which signifies the day of love, longevity,well-being, respect and trust towards your beloved.

 

What is Karwa Chauth?

 

Karwa Chauth is an age old ritual followed by Indian women staying in India or outside. This festival is more popular in North India and also with the Sikh community. On the day of Karwa Chauth, women observe a day long fast and pray for the good health and prosperity of their beloved, husbands or the would-be-husbands. This ritual of celebrating Karva Chauth is largely followed in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.

 

Puja Muhurat and Chandrodaya time on Karwa Chauth

 

Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat = 17:43 to 18:59
Duration = 1 Hour 16 Mins
Moonrise On Karwa Chauth Day = 20:51
Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 22:47 on 18/Oct/2016
Chaturthi Tithi Ends = 19:32 on 19/Oct/2016

 

Karwa Chauth 2016 Puja Process

The pooja preparations start a day in advance. Married women buy the shringar or the traditional adornments and the other pooja items like the karwa, matthi, heena.

Early in the morning they prepare food and have it before sunrise. The morning passes by in other festive activities like decorating hand and feet with heena, decorating the pooja thali and meeting friends and relatives.

In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple or a garden or someones’ place who has arranged the pooja. An elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the legend of Karwa Chouth.

The essentials of this gathering and listening of the Karwa chauth story , a special mud pot, that is considered a symbol of lord Ganesha, a metal urn filled with water, flowers, idols of Ambika Gaur Mata, Goddess Parwati and some fruits, mathi and food grains. A part of this is offered to the deities and the storyteller.

Earlier an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cowdung. Now just an idol of Goddess Parwati is kept. Every one lights an earthen lamp in their thalis while listening to the Karwa story. Sindoor, incense sticks and rice are also kept in the thali.

At this time the women wear heavy saris or chunries in red , pink or other bridal colors, and adorn themselves with all other symbols of a married women like, nose pin, tika, bindi, chonp, bangles, earrings etc.

Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta or a sieve. They offer water to the moon and seek blessings. They pray for the safety, prosperity and long life of their husbands. This marks the end of the day long fast.

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Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi, Vidhi Vidhan, Katha, Story, Legends, Fasting Process- Watch Video

 

 

Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. There are legends associated with the Karva Chauth festival.

watch the video to know about the significance of Karva chauth.

 

 

Karwa Chauth Images, Celebration

 

Karva Chauth photo

Photo by Bhavna Sayana