Karwa Chauth festivity has engulfed the air as women of Northern India start their fasts for the longevity of their husbands. Hindu married women fast from sunrise to moonrise to pray for safety of their husbands and prosperous married lives.This fast is traditionally observed in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. It falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the month of Kartik. Unmarried women also observe the fast to pray for the desired husbands or for their fiancés. Karva Chauth is derived from two words, Karva means a small earthen pot of water and Chauth means fourth in Hindi. This festival corresponds to wheat-sowing time. The earthen pots in which wheat is stores is also known as Karvas.
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Karva Chauth 2017 Today's Moon-rise Timing Puja Muhurat
Karva Chauth falls in the Kartik month of Hindu calendar, on the fourth day from full moon day. This year, Karva Chauth fast is being observed on 8th October, Sunday. At 4:58 pm, Tritiya Tithi will end and at this time of the day, Chaturthi Tithi will begin. According to the astrologers, Moon will rise at 8:13 pm. On 9th October, Chaturthi will end at 2:17 pm. To pray for the longevity of husband’s life, wives worship Lord Ganesha. Women wake up early in the morning to have ‘Sargi’ (A meal had before the sunrise), which is usually offered by women’s mother-in-law.
Before the moonrise, women gather together under the same roof, dress up in a red sari and celebrate the festival together. Karva Chauth story is also heard on this day before the moonrise. After this, women pray to Goddess Parvati and pass on their Karva seven times. Dessert, puri and other cuisines are offered to God. This Puja can be performed either alone or in a group of women.
On the day of Karva Chauth fast, women should not be given milk, rice or any white coloured cloth. It is considered inauspicious. Also, women should never disrespect their elders, especially on this day.
Don’t forget to worship Goddess Gauri on the day of Karva Chauth.