Karva Chauth is a very prominent and religious festival of Hindus. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and love by all Hindu women all over India. The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated on the Chaturthi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. All married women celebrate this festival with great love and reverence every year.
All the married women fast for their husbands on the day of Karva Chauth. On the festival of Karwa Chauth, all the fortunate women keep this fast from morning sunrise tonight after seeing the moon. And all married women keep this fast for a whole day without eating and drinking anything and worship the moon after the moon comes out.
All married women fasting for Karva Chauth, wishing long life and happiness for their husbands, observe this fast with full love and reverence. All Hindu women across India (whether they are rural women or modern women) observe the fast of Karwa Chauth with great reverence, love, and enthusiasm.
The festival of Karva Chauth is also called “Karak Chaturthi”. According to the culture and tradition of the Hindus, Only married women have to fast for Karwa Chauth. All married women keep this fast and wish for long life, good health and good luck for their husbands and pray to God with full love and devotion.
History of Karwa Chauth
According to the religious mythological beliefs of the Hindus, there are many popular stories of the festival of Karva Chauth. The most prominent and popular among them is –
Once a Brahmin had seven sons and a daughter, Veeravati. Being the only sister of all the seven brothers, all the brothers loved Veeravati very much. Eating food with his sister and all brothers of veeravati feeding her with their hands.
After marriage, once Veeravati comes to her House from her mother-in-law’s house. All the brothers come home from work and are very happy to see their sister at home. One day Karva Chauth came and Sister Veeravati fasted Karwa Chauth for her husband. Didn’t eat or drink anything throughout the day so she fainted and fell on the ground.
Seeing all this his brother was very sad and started worrying about his sister. Her brothers asked her to eat But Veeravati refused and said that due to Karva Chauth fast, she will break the fast only after worshipping the moon when the moon comes out.
Hearing this, all the brothers made a plan to make the moonlight, so that his sister broke their fast and ate the food. And the youngest brother, seeing the condition of his sister, lit a lamp on a nearby peepal tree and placed it on a sieve. And from far, that light looks like the moon of Chaturthi has come out.
After this, one of the brothers tells his sister that the moon has come out. And seeing that moon, Veeravati worships the moon and breaks her fast and she sits down to eat the food.
When the first piece was put in the mouth, there was a sneeze. The second piece comes with hair and When the third piece was put in the mouth, then she got a call from his in-laws. And she goes to see that her husband is dead.
Seeing her husband dead, she starts crying very loudly and by coinciding with her loud crying, Mother Indrani came there. Seeing them, Veeravati cried and said, O Mother Indrani ! What mistake I made, so I got this punishment that my husband is dead on the day of Karwa Chauth. And Veeravati prayed to her and said, O mother! Please bring my husband alive.
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Hearing this, Indrani said that you have broken the fast of Karva Chauth without offering water to the moon and without worshiping the moon. This is the result of all of that.
Therefore, if you observe Karva Chauth fast on the days of 12 months of Chauth methodically with full devotion then your husband will be alive again.
After this, Veeravati performed the fast of Karwa Chauth for the next 12 months with full devotion, love and methodology. And on the day of chaturthi of Karthik month, i.e., on the day of Karva Chauth, her husband was revived.
That is why from this day till today, all married women keep the fast of Karwa Chauth for the long life of their husband. And according to the belief of Hindus, on this day all the women worship Lord Ganesha with great devotion.
Significance of Karwa Chauth
The festival of Karva Chauth is very important for all women in India. At this festival, all women wish all the best for their husband and also pray for their long life and a good and happy life. She fasts for the whole day without eating anything.
Karwa Chauth festival is also very special for couples. Fasting on Karwa Chauth festival by wives for their husbands increases the happiness and love between husband and wife and most couples like to spend time together on this day. They make this day very special for each other. And celebrate this festival with great love, happiness, and enthusiasm.
Why the Karva Chauth Festival is Celebrated?
According to the ancient mythology of Hindus, there are many popular stories that explain why the festival of Karva Chauth is celebrated. Some of these popular stories are:
Once the only sister of seven brothers fasted Karva Chauth and broke the fast by offering water to the artificial moon and worshiping it. After this, her husband died. Then at the behest of Mother Indrani, she fasted Karwa Chauth fast for 12 months on every Chauth. Her husband becomes alive because of her fast. Since then, all married women observe Karva Chauth fast for the long life of their husbands.
And in ancient times also, Goddess Parvati fasted Karva Chauth for Lord Shiva. And Panchali Draupadi also fasted Karva Chauth for the well being of Pandu’s son Arjun. Since then till now, all married women keep Karva Chauth fast for their husbands.
How to Celebrate Karwa Chauth?
All married women observe fast without eating anything throughout the day, on the festival of Karva Chauth. And in the evening, both husband and wife get ready in a very good way. All wives worship Lord Ganesha or Chauth Mata on this day.
She takes a platter and prepares it for worshipping the moon and their husbands in which such things are like sweets, tilak and water vase and sieve etc. After the moon comes out in the night, all the married women offer water to the moon and worship it and after this she touches their feet and gets blessings. And finally break their fast and eat food.
So, in this way the Karva Chauth festival is Celebrated.