Karwa Chauth is a one of the most popular festival specially for married women.
Celebrated by Hindu women in North India in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands one of the most popular festival specially for married women.
The fast is observed in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, western Bihar, delhi,Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.But Some areas in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan do not observe this fast.
Karva is another word for small earthen pot of water which the ladies use to worship the moon and later the husbands make them drink water from the same. And chauth means ‘fourth’ in Hindi . The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, or krishna paksh, of the month of Kartik).
As per the Hindu calendar, Karva Chauth is celebrated just nine days prior Diwali,
Sometimes, unmarried women observe the fast for their fiancés or desired husbands.
For a newlywed couple, the festival is celebrated with immense pomp and enthusiasm.
The fast is unique in itself because nowhere in this whole world does a wife go without food or water just to pray for the long-life and well-being of her husband.
Two most popular gifts that are gifted to the ladies who observes the fast are ‘Sargi’ and ‘Baya’. Sargi is basically the gift of scrumptious meals, sweets and clothes presented to the woman on the occasion of the Karva Chauth day.
Baya also includes of very similar things. On the first Karwa Chauth of a woman, the Sagi and Baya are extravagant .
This North Indian festival starts with a custom of eating a pre-dawn meal known as Sargi, before the sunrise on Karva Chauth, which includes nuts, kheer and mathri.
Women dress in fine clothing, wear jewellery and apply henna on their hands. The day is usually indulged in community gatherings and narrating Karva-Chauth legends by an elderly woman to the group of married ladies.
There are legends associated with the Karva Chauth festival.
The Story of Queen Veervati
A beautiful queen by the name Veervati was the only sister of seven loving brothers. She spent her first Karva Chauth as a married woman at her parents’ home. She began a strict fast after sunrise but, by evening, was desperately she suffered severe thirst and hunger. Her seven brothers couldn’t bear to see their sister in such distress and created a mirror in a pipal tree that made it look as though the moon had risen. The sister mistook it for the moon and broke her fast. The moment she ate, word arrived that her husband, the king, was dead. Heartbroken, she wept through the night until her shakti compelled a Goddess to appear and ask why she cried. When the queen explained her distress, the Goddess revealed how she had been tricked by her brothers and instructed her to repeat the Karva Chauth fast with complete devotion. When Veervati repeated the fast, Yama was forced to restore her husband to life.
This festival has also become a fashion symbol in modern era. Special eateries for the day of Karwa Chauth are gearing up. Most restaurants have special menus for this special day. No wonder, almost all eating point in the city is offering plenty of attractive options to choose from.
Different clubs organize many special events on this festival with various bumper tambola, stalls and even a dance competition. With so much feasting and fun added to it, fasting had never been so good before.
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