Karva Chauth is the day on which a wife keeps a fast and prays for her husband's long life. It is widely celebrated in the North and northwestern parts of India
Karva Chauth is the day on which a wife keeps a fast and prays for her husband’s long life. It is widely celebrated in the North and northwestern parts of India. As per the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival falls during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik. On this day, wives do not drink or eat anything before the moonrise. At moonrise, women look through a ‘chhalani’ at their husbands and break their fast and eat and drink water only after that. The word Karva means an earthen pot in which wheat is kept while the word Chauth means ‘fourth’ in Hindi (a reference to the fact that the festival falls on the fourth day of the dark-fortnight), according to Wikipedia.
The rituals also carry a special significance this day. As per a Hindustan Times report, after eating sargi before sunrise, women stay without water and food all day until they spot the moon. On this day, women pray to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartik. In the evening, women perform a puja, offer food to the deities and pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands. Once the moon is spotted, women look at the celestial body and thereafter their husbands through a sieve and only then they take food. So, here is the moon rise timings of various cities, so that you don’t stay hungry even after moon illuminating the sky:
Kolkata- 7:32 PM
Delhi- 8:10 PM
Mumbai- 8:40 PM
Pune- 8:36 PM
Hyderabad- 8:18 PM
Chennai- 8:16 PM
Bengaluru- 8:27 PM
As per a report by NDTV, the Puja Muhurat of Karva Chauth, this year starts at 06:03 PM and ends at 07:17 PM. Women also adorn beautiful red sarees or lehengas and sit in a circle with their puja thalis. Stories of Karva Chauth are narrated and various songs are also sung on this day.