What is Karwa Chauth and Significance of Karwa Chauth fasting ?
What is Karwa Chauth ?
Karwa Chauth is meant to be ceremony of affection, custom, festivity observed by married females in honor of their partners. Karwa is also spelled as Karva. Karwa Chauth is more well-known in northern India and Nepal. It is observed once every year. Many wives observe prayers for a long, healthy, flourishing life of their partners, and for a joyful married life. In the Indian society, a girl is considered as Lakshmi, true prosperity, wife as the better half of the man etc.
The Karwa Chauth date is resoluted as per the Hindu lunar calendar every year. Karwa Chauth comes on Chaturthi, 4th day in Krishna Paksha in the Hindu eighth month of Kartikya. Krishna Paksha is the fading-falling phase of the moon in the night (fort). In 2019, it comes on the 17th of October.
What is the significance of Karwa Chauth fasting ?
On this day, women observe a fast from sunrise, throughout the day. They dress adequately, and many wear conventional, marriage-bridal type attire. Most of the women put Sindur( sacred red powder) on their head front hair. Many pertains Mehendi, and wear bangles, jewelry, and other accessories for the following day.
Finally fast of women is commenced in the evening, after puja (prayer) and the witnessing of the moon. While screening the moon, they hold an Atta Channi (flour sieve), facing the moon-side. The ladies first take a glance of the moon and then their partner through the sieve (channi). After that they pour water in the direction of the moon towards it. Then they hand out sweets in the family and friends.
Why do we observe Karwa Chauth ?
According to a primeval mythological legend, there was a queen named Veervati who lost her husband, due to her husband’s death for mistaking moon rise and breaking the fast. She was brokenhearted, and the Goddess appeared and advises her to observe Karwa Chauth again dutifully and with full devotion. On observing this, she got the mercy of God Yama, the God of Death, who brought her husband back to life.
It is assumed that the concept of marriage was introduced in the Indian culture, in Hinduism, thousands of years ago. In Hinduism, marriage is a holy beings coming together, sacramental combination of a couple and their respective families for a lifetime. It is to complete family, religious and spiritual obligations. Hinduism is the only oldest religion found in the world.
Janam Kundli match matching, it is from the prehistoric Vedic times. In Hinduism, in general, polygamy, extramarital affairs, deceitfulness etc are not accepted in society. In Sikhism and many other religions also, it is in opposition to the religion. A divorce is still considered a forbidden in many Indian societies in India and Nepal. Most global laws do not consent it either.
To bring up, the concept of arranged marriage is on the refusal, particularly in the urban areas. At times, particularly in the significant, business, political, entertainment etc circles and families, marriages are at times considered as a social tie up for all of them. Some consider it as taking forward family or wealth legacy, inheritance.
On this auspicious ceremony of Karwa Chauth, we wish you all a happy married life.
||“Om Shriganesham Vidhnesham Vivahaharthe Te Namaha”||
Date Published : 12 Oct 2019