Saturday, October 7, 2017

Karwa Chauth tomorrow, know the Puja Vidhi and Muhurat

Do these things on your Karva Chauth! Discover the important facets of this festival via this blog. The Karwa Chauth will be celebrated tomorrow on 8th October 2017. Know the significance of the festival for married women and find the Do’s and Don’ts associated with this pious festival. 

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Karva Chauth

In Hinduism, married women observe many fasts to ensure a happy and blissful married life. Out of these fasts, Karva Chauth is considered to be the most important. This festival is celebrated on the fourth day of the Kartik month during the Krishna Paksha. According to the Gregorian calendar, Karva Chauth usually falls in the month of October or November. This year, the festival will be celebrated on 8th October. On the day of Karva Chauth, married women observe a fast during which they do not even consume a drop of water. The fast is aimed at longevity and well-being of their husbands. Some unmarried girls also observe the fast in order to get blessed with a good life partner. The females who observe the Karva Chauth fast do not eat anything all throughout at the day until the fast is concluded in the night after performing the worship of the Moon as per the rituals. 

Karva Chauth is made up of two words, where Karva means a mud vessel or pot and Chauth refers to the fourth day. It is believed that using Karva on this day brings happiness and prosperity in the life of married couples. Also, there is a story of a woman named Karva, which is associated with Karva Chauth It is believed that it was on the day of Karva Chauth that she was able to bring her dead husband to life by observing this fast. For this reason, this festival has been called Karva Chauth. The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated mainly in the regions of North India with zeal and gusto.

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The Muhurat for Karva Chauth Puja

Puja Muhurta18:00:40 to 19:11:12
Duration1 hour 10 minutes
Time of visibility of the Moon on Karva Chauth20:12:59

Please note that the above time is according to New Delhi, India. Know the time for your city: Karva Chauth Muhurta

Importance of the worship of the Moon on Karva Chauth

The worship of the Moon is of immense importance on the day of Karva Chauth. It is after the sighting of the Moon that the fast of Karva Chauth is concluded and the women are allowed to consume water as well as food. The sighting of the Moon is done through a sieve, after which the women look at the face of their husbands. Only after completing the rituals and offering Arghya to the Moon God, the women eat something sweet or drink water by the hands of their husbands. It is believed that when a woman sees her husband after looking at the Moon through the sieve, all the obstacles and problems from the life of her husband are removed and he is blessed with the boon of a healthy and long life. Also, the festival is known for strengthening the bond of love between the wedded duo.

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The first Karva Chauth after marriage

The first Karwa Chauth after marriage is considered to be of paramount importance for a newly wedded bride. The women dress themselves up beautifully and adorn themselves with scintillating jewellery and ornaments. Usually, there is a custom followed for providing the Sargi to the newly wedded women. Her mother in law prepares the Sargi for her, which fast observing woman eats in the morning. It is after eating this Sargu that her fast of Karva Chauth begins. 

This tradition of Sargi is mostly followed in Punjab. Generally, vermicelli is cooked in milk and taken in the morning as Sargi. It should be remembered that the Sargi is to be eaten before the sunrise.

During the evening, the women observing the fast gather together to celebrate the day and perform the ritual of Pheri. In this, they decorate their Puja Thali (plate) and assemble in a circle and pass their Thalis to each other in a circular fashion. At the same time, the Vrat Katha of Karva Chauth is recited by an elderly woman.

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Delicacies of Karva Chauth

Although the women do not consume anything during the fast, there are many delicacies that are prepared on the day of Karva Chauth. However, these dishes are not consumed during the fast, but only after the fast is concluded. After being hungry all the day, the women refresh their taste buds with sweet dishes like halwa, phirni, malpua, etc. Also, the preparation of dishes is also influenced by the personal choices of the fast observing women.

The festival of Karva Chauth is considered to be an indispensable part of the Hindu culture for married women. This pious festival represents the love of a married couple and imparts a sense of belonging, which helps them to build a soulful connection with each other. It is believed that Karva Chauth ensures the well-being of the husbands of the women who observe this fast and brings the couple closer to each other.

AstroSage wishes you a very happy Karva Chauth and hope that your married life is bestowed with happiness and bliss!

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