Karva Chauth is the festival of women celebrated in the month of Kartik. Every year in the same month, the festival falls on the 4th day of full moon and celebrated by fasting for the complete day. It begins as soon as the sun rise’s and kept till the moon. It is an important Hindu Festival but nowadays it is celebrated by the women of all religions.
The fast of Karva Chauth is kept for the husbands so that they can enjoy a long life, good health, and prosperous career.
How Karva Chauth started?
Karva Chauth is a festival which is celebrated from the ancient times. During the Mughal rule, the Hindu men would often go out to war to save the dynasty and would die during the war. This is when the women started keeping the fast for the life for their husbands. It is said that the prayer of a woman is very powerful and if done with a pure heart can definitely save the life of her husband. This is how the tradition started and women enjoyed the full day preparing for the puja and other things done in the evening.
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Another story behind the Karva Chauth goes like this. During the olden times, the girl had to leave her father’s house and move into a new place with her husband and the in-laws. As this would be a new place for her, therefore, it would take time in adjusting and this would require the help of someone with whom she could share everything she likes. This could either be her mother-in-law or sister-in-law. So she would have to establish a good relationship with both of them and this festival marked the bond between them. Going to her parent’s home was not so easy and that is why she had to befriend with her in-laws only. This is how Karva Chauth was also a celebration of the bond that the women would share with her in-laws. Thus this was another tradition behind the celebration of this festival.
There are different stories in every religion, however, the end motive is the celebration of love whether it is between the husband and wife or with her in-laws. It is surely a festival that brings love between the people and even if you are away from your dear ones, still you can cherish the bond you share with them.
How is it celebrated?
Karva Chauth begins with the fast and later in the evening, the women will perform the puja followed by seeing the moon during the night. Once they see the moon, they can break their fast with water that is given by their husbands. In return their pray for their husbands and seek their blessings as well. Even the girls keep this fast for they would be husbands and perform all the rituals in the way it has to be.
In India, Karva Chauth has really become very popular and women of all religions have started celebrating it. So enjoy the festival with your family and have a great time.