Karwa Chauth 2016: Importance and origin of Karwa Chauth, Katha and story of Karwa Chauth
Karwa Chauth 2016: So today is the day that all newly married North Indian women look forward to. Karva-chauth, a north Indian festival, observed in India is marked by women keeping a day-long fast for long life of their husbands. The term ‘Karva’ means earthen pot, which symbolises peace and prosperity and ‘Chauth’ refers to ‘fourth day'.
Karwa Chauth 2016: Karwa Chauth is observed on the fourth day of October and it is usually before Diwali. It is one of the most propitious festivals for a married woman. Women a blessing for their husband’s well-being, prosperity and wealth. If we break the term ‘Karwa Chauth’ we get Karwa which means earthen pot in which water is offered to the moon. The festival starts with fast which is mostly observed by married women for well-being, long life of their husband.
Karwa Chauth 2016: What is Karwa Chauth? Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by married women. Women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.The fast is traditionally celebrated in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, parts of Uttar Pradesh,Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik.
Karwa Chauth 2016: Origin of Karwa Chauth The festival has its roots in mythology. According to Mahabharata’s Vana Parva, Karva Chauth can be derived from the time when Savitri begged the god of death, Lord Yama, for her husband’s soul. Other stories say how women, whose husbands left them for long periods to fight in wars, observed day-long fasts praying for their husbands’ safety. They dressed up in their finest attire and prepared elaborate meals afterwards.
Karwa Chauth 2016: Importance of Karwa Chauth This festival has several traditional customs and rituals. The day starts before the sunrise and women worship Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and even the moon.The most important part of Karwa Chauth is that the mother-in-law hands over the ‘sargi’ to the daughter-in-law which must be consumed before sunrise.
More from this section
- From 7th pay commission, Air India to pensioners, top 8 Cabinet decisions taken by Modi Cabinet today
- Monsoon showers blessings on nation, boundless joy erupts across India; check out spectacular photos
- 7th Pay Commission Timeline: All that has happened so far and what can happen next during Narendra Modi cabinet meet
- Narendra Modi’s new ride is an unusual gift from Netherlands; delighted PM thanks Netherlands counterpart Mark Rutte
- Narendra Modi in Netherlands: PM meets Dutch Premier Mark Rutte; check out the top moments
- World’s first ATM machine turns to gold on 50th birthday
- HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail on maiden voyage; see how UK’s largest-ever warship looks like
- Modi and Trump strike rapport with hugs, smiles and handshakes; these pictures say it all
- Narendra Modi, Donald Trump ‘bromance’ blooms at White House, see pics