ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Karva Chauth 2015 - Festival for Married Woman

Updated on June 24, 2015
Anamika S profile image

Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Karwa Chauth Significance and Rituals

Karva Chauth is one of the most important and awaited festivals for married women. This festival is celebrated mostly in North India, where married women keep fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and long life of their husbands. However, now women from other parts of the country also are seen keeping fasts for their husbands on this day because of the popularity of this festival through TV Serials and Movies. Sometimes even unmarried women keep fast for the sake of their fiances or desired husbands. This festival falls on the fourth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Kartik, 12 days before the Diwali festival. The word ‘karva’ refers to small earthen pot and the meaning of ‘chauth’ is fourth. Karwa Chauth symbolizes the love and devotion of a wife towards her husband. Sometimes even the men reciprocate by keeping the fast as a sign of their love and loyalty towards their women. Karwa Chauth fast is very special for newly married women who dress up in bridal attire on the day. Mother-in-laws or Mothers gift these women things that symbolize and reflect the marital status of a woman, such as jewelry, bangles, vermilion, henna, bindi etc on this special occasion. Karva Chauth for this year falls on the date 30th October, 2015 on Tuesday.

On the day of Karva Chauth, the woman wake up before sunrise, bathe and dress up in traditional attire. They then eat the food called sargi (prepared by the mother or mother in law) which consists of milk, fruits, khichdi etc before sunrise. After that the women do not eat or drink anything till the moon rise. On this day, the fasting women normally do not do any housework. They wear traditional attire mostly in auspicious colors like Red or Orange and decorate their hands with henna. They also decorate themselves using cosmetics and jewelry. Lord Shiva, Parvati and Kartikeya are worshiped on this day along with ten karvas. In the evening, the women sit in a circle with their puja thalis and listen to the story of karva chauth. They also sing the Karva Chauth puja song and pass their puja plates around in the circle. After this, the women wait eagerly for the moon rise to break their fasts. When the moon rises, the women perform an aarti ritual for their husbands and offer water to the moon god to seek blessings. After that they look at the moon through a sieve and then look at their husband’s face through the sieve. Once that is done, the husbands break the fasts of their wives by offering them water. The husband also feeds the woman her first morsel of the day after which the woman can eat her meal. The Husbands also normally give gifts like jewelry or clothes to their wives on the day. The women also touch the feet and seek blessings of the elderly ladies in the household like the mother in law on this day. If the husband is not available to break the fast of the woman, she breaks the fast by looking at the photograph of her husband.

Karva Chauth Scenes from Hindi Serials and Movies
Karva Chauth Scenes from Hindi Serials and Movies

Karva Chauth Story

There are many interesting stories and legends related to Karwa Chauth. One of the popular stories is that of Queen Veeravati who did her Karva Chauth fast for her husband at her parent’s house. Seeing the plight of the sister who is hungry and thirsty, her brothers created an illusion of moon rise. Veeravati mistook it as moon rise and broke her fast. After she broke the fast, the word came that her husband was dead. Heartbroken, she wept through the night. Goddess Parvati along with her husband Lord Shiva appears in front of Veeravati and reveals how she had been tricked by her brothers. Moved by the plight of the woman, the Goddess also gives few drops of blood from her small finger to the Queen to be sprinkled on the husband’s dead body to revive him.

How to do Karva Chauth Puja?

Karva chauth Bollywood Style

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • Ruchira profile image

    Ruchira 

    6 years ago from United States

    like the video on puja :) I have also written an article on KC but with a twist...lol

    good one Anamika. voted up and sharing!

  • Lady_E profile image

    Elena 

    6 years ago from London, UK

    It's a beautiful Festival.

    I like your culture.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)