Karva Chauth is a festival celebrated by Hindu women in Northern India, in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands. The fast is habitually celebrated in the states of Rajasthan, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.
What is Karwa Chauth fast?
The festival is during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar and is celebrated by married Hindu woman. Women in the family gather together to begin the Karwa Chauth rituals in the morning by eating traditional recipes prepared on the day of the festival. Married women observe the fast and pray for the long life of their husband.
Which God/Goddesses are worshipped?
On the auspicious day of Karwa Chauth, Lord Shiva and his family including Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya are worshipped. Goddess Parvati being Akhand Saubhagyavati is worshipped first during the Puja followed by Lord Shiva, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha.
What are the timings of Karwa Chauth?
The Puja Muhurat for this year starts at 06:03 PM and ends at 07:17 PM. The moon will rise on Karwa Chauth at 08:27 PM. The Chaturthi Tithi on Karwa Chauth begins on the 8 October at 04:58 PM and the Chaturthi Tithi ends on the 9th of October at 02:16 PM.
What is the puja process?
After observing fast for the day, the women start with the puja rituals after sunset. Usually, women draw the image of Goddess Gauri on the wall or use an image for the puja process. Women start the puja rituals by chanting the mantra and narrate the stories of Karwa Chauth. Then, the women get a glimpse of the moon through a sieve with a diya placed on it. After which she looks at her husband through the sieve. Her husband helps her break her fast by making her drink water and offering her sweets.
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