Arrive the Hindu month of Kartik, all married and several unmarried women start preparing for the auspicious occasion of Karva Chauth. Widely celebrated in especially the Northern parts of India on the fourth day of the month of Kartik, this pious day is considered one of the most important days for married women. Women start fasting from sunrise till night when the moon is visible, for their partner’s long life. Symbolic to the name of the day is Karva which is an earthen pot used in the Pooja. A lot of unmarried women observe this ‘nirjala’ fast as well — avoiding water consumption — in the hopes of finding a perfect life partner. There are many legends associated with the celebration of Karva Chauth. Wedding Affair lists a couple of them to acquaint you with the sanctity of the day.
The widely renowned tale of Satyavan and Savitri is referred to when talking about the significance of celebrating the day. It is the story of Savitri winning her husband’s life from Yamraja. When Yamraja arrived to take Satyavan’s soul away, Savitri revolted and protested to leave her husband with her. In an attempt to win her husband back, she gave up food and water and pledged to carry this fast until her husband is returned. Seeing her dedication and love, Yamaraja granted her any wish apart from that of getting her husband back. Savitri wished for children and Yamaraja has no option but to grant life to her husband to fulfil her wish.
Another tale associated with the day is that of Queen Veeravati, the loved sister of seven brothers. After her marriage, Veeravati arrived at her parents’ home to celebrate her first Karva Chauth. Seeing their sister struggling without food and water on the fasting day, the brothers decided to end Veeravati’s misery. They put a round mirror in a Peepal tree to resemble the moon. As Veeravati consumed food to break her fast on seeing the fake mirror moon, they received the news of the death of her husband. That’s why women follow this fast with utmost dedication.
This year, the moonrise is expected at 8:16 pm. The Karva Chauth pooja muhurta is said to be from 5:46 pm to 7:02 pm, and Karva Chauth upavas time is expected from 6:27 am to 8:16 pm. Wedding Affair wishes everyone a great day ahead.