Karwa Chauth is one of the major auspicious festive for the married men & women. On this day women fast for the whole day and pray for long age and prosperity of their husband. The festival reflects the rich Indian culture and signifies the divine bond between a husband and a wife.
Karwa Chauth falls in Kartik month of Hindu calendar. Karwa Chauth is also known as “Sankasthi Ganesh Chathurti”. The word Karva Chauth signifies “Karva+ Chauth”. Karva refers to a pot and Chauth means the fourth. The cognitive theory behind the name is that it’s celebrated in Kartik month on the fourth day after the full moon.
The Karwa Chauth 2018, it is special know why?
Karwa Chauth 2018 will be celebrated on Saturday, 27th October. As per astrologers and Vedic purohits this year’s Karwa Chauth holds “Rajyog” because of the “Amrit siddhi” and “Sarvartha” Yog both are heading together on this day. This auspicious fusion was last seen in 1991and is being seen after a long time span of 27 years. The distinctive Rajyog will be observed in future after next 16 years. This prime amalgam “Amrit siddhi” and “Sarvartha” Yog make this Karwa Chauth more special and auspicious. As per pandits, the women who are fasting this Karwa Chauth will get special out-turns and all their wishes will come true.
Timings for Karwa Chauth Pujan, 2018:
- Pooja Muhurat: 5:36 to 6:54 in evening
- Moon Rise: After 7:55 p.m.
It is predicted that the moon will sine at 8, the rising moon will be offered Jal and other merriments during the pujan.
Karwa Chauth Pooja Vidhi:
Early morning all the women of the home assemble together and eat the delicious sargi prepared by their mother in law. The women dress up in their best with 16 shringar of suhaag. The whole day the women keep on fasting without eating and even sipping water praying for the long life of their husband.
During the day times, Goddess Parwati, lord Shiva and Kartikay are being worshipped; vrat katha is being dictated by the mother in law or purohits.
In evening aarti is being hummed to worship goddess Parwati and the women beg the goddess for the long life and well-being of their husband. The puja samagri like rice, suhhag (bangles, clothing, sindoor, bindi, comb etc.) are put in earthen/tamba pots during the puja and later on the women offer them to their god-sisters, mother in law or an elder woman. Women also offer daan dakshina to the poor and orphans on this day.
After moon rise, women look through a chhalani at their husbands and moon. Husband is worshiped with an aarti ki thali and regional songs are chanted for his praise and well-being. After the puja ritual, husband offers water to his wife and then she breaks her fast and eats food.
There are various theories and tales behind this ritual:
It is said that during Mughal invasions the Hindu military regimes had to go out for fight to save their nations pride. They used to celebrate the last night with their wives and children in the form of Karwa Chauth. The women kept praying empty stomach without eating and drinking water for the well-being of their husband in the war field.
A girl got married at very young age. She could not confide all her feelings with her in-laws. Then she found a good sakhi there which she called God sister and could share all her problems with her. Thus this festive not only signify the special bond between husband and wife but also the sisterhood among all the women in family.
The most famous story behind the Karwa Chauth- “A girl and her seven brothers”.
There was a girl; her seven brothers loved her very much. When she got married they wished her farewell with a heavy heart. On her first Karwa Chauth she returned to her maternal home to celebrate the Karwa. As per ritual she kept on fasting on that day but her brothers could not bear their loving sister suffering with hunger and thirst. So they offered her meal to eat. She denied saying that she will eat only after the moon rise. They made a plan to trick her; one of them climbed up a tree and held a sieve with a flame behind it. Then they asked their sister to break fast saying that see sister moon has risen; now you can break your fast. The girl could not realise that it’s a false moon; she believed it too be real and after seeing it she completed the puja rituals and broke her fast. As soon as she ate her first bite, news arrived that her husband has died. She was shaken and heartbroken with this news.
After knowing the trickery of her brothers, she felt sorry, she prayed to goddess to revive her husband’s breathes. She promised to complete the fore coming Karwa Chauth fast with complete devotion and instructions as given by the Goddess. For sake of the same the Goddess revived her husband again. From that year onwards, she always followed the Karwa Chauth rituals with devoutness. The goddess was cherished with her bhakti, she offered them prosperity and bliss throughout the life.
Other mythological tales about Karwa Chauth includes the stories of “Satyavan, Savitri”, “Draupadi, and the Pandavas” and other regional tales are found popular across different parts in India.Some people oppose the Karwa Chauth fasting, saying that it’s an orthodox ritual that symbolise the preference and dominance of men in home in older times. Though, some people remarks it as a symbol of faith and an expression of love.
It’s all about your own beliefs as religion or God never imposes any custom on anyone. Merely keeping the stomach empty is not all about Karwa Chauth, it is beyond the boundary where the two souls come across. Whether you believe in fasting or not, but whatever she is doing, is her concern for you. Dear men let’s make a difference this Karwa Chauth, plan a surprise for her, make her feel blessed and special by expressing your love towards her whatever the way you can.