MADAN GUPTA SPATU, Astrologer, Chandigarh : The Karwa Chauth falls on October 30. All eyes will eagerly wait for the Moon to shine which will appear at 20:22 pm but may be visible at 20:40 .Karwa Chauth is a festival which signifies the day of love, longevity, well being, respect and trust towards your beloved. The auspicious timings for Pooja will be from 17:32 to 18:51 on Friday. The Karwa Chauth Vrat, can be opened only after sighting the MOON.This year the festival falls on Friday which in astrological jargon represents Venus i.e. Shukra . Venus signifies Spouse,Partner ,Love,Relations,Romance,Attraction ,Beauty,Luxury etc which manifests on Karva Chauth. Moon represents Heart ,Mind,Beauty,Eternal Love ,Emotions etc. astrologically and Karva Chauth is a package of all these items. Females will look forward to the surprise gift from the man in their life.
It will be the time to express your love,
A time to remember the legends and cherish the bond throughout your lifetime. Karwa Chauth is a day which every women irrespective of religion or caste should experience. This is the day which brings many relations closer for the well being and prosperity of the family.
The festival is an age old ritual followed by Indian women staying in India or outside. This festival is more popular in North India. Ladies observe a day long fast and pray for the good health and prosperity of their beloved, husbands or the would-be-husbands.
Karwa Chauth Meaning
The word Karwa means ‘earthen pot’ and Chauth means ‘fourth day’. The earthen pot which is used during the rituals is a symbol of prosperity and well being. Hence, the name Karwa Chauth is given to this day.
This Karwa has a huge significance when the fast is observed.
Rituals Followed During Karwa Chauth
Women who observe Karwa Chauth fast, wake up before sunrise and get ready to start the fasting. According, to the Hindu customs, it is one of their most sacred fasts. The fast starts from sunrise and ends in the evening, only after seeing the Moon .Throughout the day, women do not consume any food, not even water. The main deities worshiped on this day are Bhagwan Shiv and Goddess Parvati, and their sons, Lord Kartikeya & Ganesha. Women worship the holy God Shiva and Goddess Parvati with ten earthen pots (Karwas) filled with sweets. Once the rituals are done, these Karwas are distributed to daughters and sisters.
As we now know Karwa Chauth has many stories associated with it, be it the story from the epic Mahabharata or the story of Karva, the festival has been celebrated since ages.
Significance Of The Moon On Karva Chauth
The Moon plays a major role during Karwa Chauth celebrations. It is the sighting of the Moon that allows the women to break their fast. The procedure observed is, women first see the Moon through the filter (sieve) and then see their beloved or husbands. Once that is done, the ladies are fed with sweet or milk, thus breaking the fast. Also, as per beliefs, the couple enjoys a prosperous married life that lasts for as many pores as there are in the sieve. It is believed that the ritual of looking at the husband through the sieve removes all the evil effects from him.
Since the festival of Karwa Chauth is a women festival, women who are married look forward to this festival, as it redefines the love and bond between a couple.
Newly married females look forward to their first Karva Chauth, as on this day they feel extremely special.
Importance of First Karwa Chauth of Married Ladies
The first Karwa Chauth is a very important occasion for every married women. New brides wear their bridal dresses, elegant jewelry and make up. The mother-in-law of the women observing her first Karva Chauth prepares an elaborate meal. Sargi an integral part of Karva Chauth Vrat, it includes Pheni (a sweet made by using milk and semolina), Parantha and various types of fruits and sweets.The mother-in-law then gives her daughter-in-law gifts, which can be jewelry, saree or anything that she wants. Like the first Sargi, there is another ritual called first Baya. Baya is the gift given to the mother-in law by the daughter’s parents. The most important thing among all this is the gift from the husband. After an entire day’s fasting, Karva Chauth Katha is performed along with rituals. The wife waits for that special gift from her husband, which he willingly gives.
The new brides of 2015 look forward to all these special celebrations, Sargi and gifts from your husband and mother-in-law this Karwa Chauth in 2015.
The celebration of Karwa Chauth begins in advance. This, Karwa Chauth in 2015 don’t forget to do all these things.
Things To Be Done On Karwa Chauth
One of the foremost thing is to get Mehndi done on both the hands. It is a sign of a happy women. The darker the color of the Mehndi the deeper is the love between the couple, as per beliefs.
On Karwa Chauth, it is a compulsory custom for all women to sport big Bindis. The colors preferred for this day are red or pink.
Women dress up in heavy work sarees, Ghagra Cholis or Lehengas.
In the evening, all the women in the neighborhood gather for the evening rituals, which includes Karwa Chauth Vrat Katha.
During the Puja of Karwa Chauth, Thalis are exchanged and special Karva Chauth songs are sung. The eldest women in the group narrates the story of Karwa Chauth.
6.Karva Chauth is a festival in which special meals are prepared.