Karva Chauth, a day on which Hindu married women show their love for their husbands by observing a 'nirjala' (without sipping water) fast for their long lives, sees women waiting for the moon rise eagerly as, only after the moon-rise, they do their puja and then, intake anything
Karva Chauth is a day on which Hindu married women show their love for their husbands by observing a ‘nirjala’ (without sipping water) fast and pray for their prosperity, longevity and well-being. The day sees women waiting for the moonrise eagerly as, only after the celestial body has risen and they have seen it with their own eyes, do they do their puja and then, eat anything. This one-day festival, which is widely celebrated in Northern and northwestern part of India, falls on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik. The festival, which has been shown in various Bollywood romantic flicks (like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham) and popular TV serials, is not only popular in metros, but also in tier 2 cities all the way down to the villages.
It is also believed the festival marks the onset of Rabi crop cycle and serves as a prayer for a good harvest in this predominantly wheat-eating regions, as per Hindustan Times. So, find out the moon-rise timings of your city from the below-given list, so that, you can start with your puja on time.
Ahmedabad: 8:36 PM
Indore: 8:23 PM
Jaipur: 8:18 PM
Lucknow: 7:57 PM
Bhopal: 8:16 PM
Chandigarh: 8:09 PM
Patna: 7:41 PM
According to an Indian Express report, the fast on Karva Chauth starts before sunrise and is broken only when the moon is sighted. Women also pray to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartik. The women also apply mehndi on their hands and dress up like brides on the day. The festival, has, in particular, no observances in the festival but they show their concern for their wives by helping them with their first meal of the day. The belief and the faith of a woman in fasting the whole day is a tradition which has been followed over the ages.