Karwa Chouth Vrat katha and Vrat vidhi- It is the most important fast observed by the women of North India. Karwa Chouth is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. It is said to have an extraordinary observance rate among married Hindu women.
In principle, the fast is not to be broken until the moon is sighted at night, and an elderly woman in the house is supposed to narrate the story of Karwa Chouth before the fast is terminated. This is indeed a very tough fast to observe as it starts before sunrise and ends after worshiping the moon, which usually rises at about 8.45 p.m. No food or water is to be taken after 4 a.m. or after sunrise.
WHEN IS KARWA CHOUTH CELEBRATED?
It falls about nine days before Diwali on the Kartik ki Chouth- fourth day of the waning moon or the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Kartik, some time in October or November. Other regional names for Karwa chouth are – Gangaur in Rajasthan and Teej in Rajasthan, Bihar and Orissa.
HOW IS KARWA CHOUTH CELEBRATED?
The preparation for the puja starts a day before when married women apply Mehendi on their hands and shop for bangles.The next morning they get up early around 4 or 5 a.m, take bath and eat Sargi before sunrise. Sargi is basically given to married ladies by their mother -in-law which consist of sweets- traditionally Pheni (a sweet prepared with milk and semolina) and clothes to wear on the Karwa chouth day.
Throughout the day married women keep a strict fast and refrain themselves from consuming liquids or solids. Newly married girls wear their bridal outfits and adorn themselves heavily in jewelry for the puja. Other married women dress up beautifully in red, pinks, orange and wine colored suits and saris and wear gold jewelry.
In the evening around 4 pm married women gather in open gardens, community halls, someone’s house or even in Mandirs to listen to Karwa chouth katha. Someone older, or the housewife herself, prepares a suitable place in the puja room for the puja and all the women who have been invited perform their puja and wait for the moon to rise.
Shiv ji and Parvati ji are worshiped on this day. The Gaur Mata or Karwa mata is made with cow dung in the shape of a human figure, just about two inches tall. Nowadays, a picture or an idol of Parvati is worshiped. People offer prasad or fruits to Karwa maa and then the older married lady of the house narrates Karwa maa story to everyone.
After the puja the prasad are given to daughters and sisters along with gifts. Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection from a channi (strainer) and after that they do a pooja for their husband’s safety and long life, and finally break their fast. READ KARWA CHOUTH KATHA AND VIDHI IN HINDI.
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WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THINGS WHICH I KEEP IN KARWA CHOUTH THAALI
1. A plate to keep Puja samagri and Gadvi (glass) filled with water
2. Baya or Bayana – Gifts given to mother-in-law, it is usually a gift, dry fruits or money
4. Mathri for bhog
5. Karwa – a vessel which contains water
6. Money – to offer to Karwa Maa as a chadava
7. Fruits and sweets – to offer to Karwa ma as Prasad
8. Diya – made out of atta
9. Stariner – channi to see chand (moon) with
10. Red or Pink cloth to cover your thaali
Match box to light up your diya
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