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Interesting Fact About Karva Chauth

Interesting Fact About Karva Chauth
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Karva Chauth – Love coated in religious shades

• Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated by married women for the well being and longevity of their husbands, in the states of northwestern part of India particularly Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.
• Almanac – This festival comes nine days before Diwali on “Kartik Ki Chauth”, i.e., on the fourth day of the new moon in the month of Kartik (October-November).
• Karva means ‘pot’ and Chauth means ‘fourth’ in hindi. Karva is the decorated earthen pot that are exchanged among women. Chauth signifies the day of the month.
• Make up of Suhaagin – Women wear beautiful saris and jewellery. They apply henna on their hands. In addition to that Sindoor and Bindi also enhance the beauty of a woman. These are considered signs of married women.
• Rituals – Women fast from sunrise to moonrise and don’t even drink water on this auspicious day. In the evening, married community women organize a Puja and narrate a story of Karva Chauth.
• Fasting woman does no work on this day, but to meet her friends and relatives.
• ‘Jal se dhapi, Suhaag se na dhapi’ – Women sing songs according to their region and community and praise their love and bond with their husbands.
• Gaur Mata – Women worship an idol made of soil and cow dung. Gaur Mata signifies the fertile mother earth. However this hand made Gaur Mata is now been replaced by idol of goddess Parvati. Blessings of Lord Ganesha are also taken.
• Once the moon is visible, women watch moon through a sieve and offer water (arka) to secure its blessings. They then turn towards their husbands and see them in the same manner, through the sieve and pray for the long life of their husbands.
• Husband gives his wife her first sip of the day as a sign of his commitment and love to her and helps his wife break, a long day fast. Then the woman has a complete meal.
• Believes – It is believed that Karva Chauth originated during the Mughal era when most of the men had gone off to war to defend India against Mughal invaders and their wives used to fast and pray for their well being.
• Another believe coincides the festival with the harvest season as earthen pots are filled with Wheat prayers are offered for a good harvest.
• Story of Veerwati – This is the most common story of Karva Chauth. Befooled by her brothers, Veerwati broke her fast. The moment she ate word arrived that her husband was dead. But after completion of fast with complete devotion, life of her husband was restored.
• Story of Mahabharata – Draupadi observed the fast with all its rituals for the safety and well being of Pandavas.
• Story of Satyavan and Savitri – Savitri with all her devotion and determination begged to Yama to grant life to her husband. She asked that she be blessed with children and finally Yama had to infuse Satyavan with life.
• Story of Karva – A devoted wife saved her husband from a crocodile and asked Yama to send crocodile to the hell.
• Karva Chauth is slowly taking over the valentine’s day as many young and unmarried ladies have started celebrating Karva Chauth for their true lovers and fiancés. Concomitant religious customs favor its increasing prevalence.
• Reverence of husbands – Men, mostly in urban areas have started observing a similar fast for their beloved wifes, depicted beautifully in the movie Baghban.

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