As per the Hindu scriptures, the Hindu calendar has designated some festivals or rituals to be performed every month. Among them, the one occasion that is the most important for married women is the fast that falls in the month of Kartik on the Chaturthi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. This occasion is called Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth is a significant festival celebrated by married women. On this day, married women observe a day-long fast without water.
Most Hindus worldwide celebrate this festival; however, this occasion is most popular in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, etc. The Karva Chauth fast is kept in different places as per the prevailing beliefs there. Although there might be slight differences in the beliefs, in essence, this fast is observed for the longevity of the husband’s life. Reach out to the best astrologers at Astroyogi! Call Now!
It is believed by Hindus that if married women fast on this day, it helps in prolonging the life of their husbands. Additionally, many unmarried girls also observe the Karva Chauth fast to pray for a good husband. Karva Chauth is not just a regular fast; it is the festival to strengthen the sacred relationship between a husband and wife.
During the day of Karva Chauth, women pass the day listening to the mythological stories. But as soon as the Sun sets, they wait with bated breath for the Moon to appear. In the scriptures, the Moon is considered the symbol of age, happiness, and peace. This is why worshipping the Moon makes the married life blissful and prolongs the husband's life. When the Moon is sighted, the terraces become a live spectacle. All the women who had kept fast during the day to pray for their husbands' long life, after sighting and worshipping the Moon, drink water and take the first bite of food from their husband's hand. Thus, this also becomes a romantic occasion symbolizing the love between the husband and wife.
Karva Chauth is celebrated with great joy. Women especially dress up for this occasion, which is called 16 Shringar. This includes applying mehendi or henna on their hands, wearing sindoor (vermillion), red clothes, mangalsutra, bindi, bangles, toe-ring, kajal, anklet, nose ring, earrings, maang tika, kamarband (waistband), bajuband (armlet), ring and gajra (flower garland for hair).
Make sure to gather all the needed materials a day in advance. On the day of Karva Chauth, wake up in Brahma Muhurta and take a bath. Wear clean clothes and get ready for the occasion. On this day, worshipping the Karva and worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is the norm.
On Karva Chauth, women go without food or water from before the sunrise till the Moon comes out. Once the Moon is sighted, only then the fast can be broken. In the evening, approximately an hour before the moonrise, the entire divine Shiva family (Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya) is worshipped. It is believed that while worshipping, the person who has kept fast should be facing the East. As the women don't consume water the whole day, once they see their husband through the chalni or sieve on which a lamp is placed, the husband breaks the wife's fast by making her drink water.
An essential part of the Karva Chauth ritual is sargi. The mothers-in-law prepare traditional sweet and savoury dishes and present the plate or thaali of sargi to their daughters-in-law on this occasion. The sargi plate includes kheer, sevaiyaan, feni, matthri, fruits, and nuts. They have the sargi early in the morning before the sunrise. After eating this, they do not consume food or water for the entire day.
You should follow the right method of observing the fast and worshiping on this day. To help you out, here is the complete Karwa Chauth vidhi that you need to follow on Karva Chauth 2020.
Given below is the significant date and time for Karva Chauth 2020.
Here’s the much-awaited Karva Chauth moonrise time in major cities-
Moonrise time in Delhi: 8:12 PM
Moonrise time in Mumbai: 8:52 PM
Moonrise time in Lucknow: 8:01 PM
Moonrise time in Chandigarh: 8:09 PM
Moonrise time in Gurgaon: 8:13 PM
Moonrise time in Patna: 7:47 PM
Moonrise time in Kolkata: 7:40 PM
Moonrise time in Bengaluru: 8:44 PM
Moonrise time in Chennai: 8:33 PM
Moonrise time in Bhopal: 8:24 PM
Moonrise time in Ahmedabad: 8:44 PM
Moonrise time in Bhubaneswar: 7:55 PM
Moontime time in Amritsar: 8:14 PM
Moonrise time in Hyderabad: 8:32 PM
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Happy Karva Chauth!