Karwa Chauth Image,Status:Karva Chauth Festival
Karwa Chauth Image,Status is most important festival for all married women. It is a one day long festival celebrate each year by the Hindu women especially in the North India. A woman gets fast for whole day which starts from the sunrise in the early morning and ends at moonrise in the late evening or sometimes late night. She keeps a very hard fast for whole day without water and food for the safety and long life of their husbands.
Earlier it was a traditional festival which was observe especially in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab however, now a day it is being celebrate in almost each regions of the India by all women. According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, the festival of Karva Chauth(Karwa Chauth Image) falls in the month of Kartik (in the October or November) on the 4thday after the full moon day. The fast of Karva Chauth is also kept by the some unmarried women according to their custom and tradition for the longevity of their fiances or desired husbands in the future.
It is most similar to other festivals like Haritalika Teej (celebration every year by the women for their husbands long life and wellness especially in UP) and Chhath (celebration annually by the women for the same reason especially in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other regions of India.
Origin and Significance
The fast of Karwa Chauth(Karwa Chauth Image) is of particular very importance to all Hindu married women in India. They believe that the festival ensures prosperity, longevity and well-being of their husbands. The origin of this festival was based on a very sweet and noble idea. Though this idea has lost its true sense as today the whole outlook of this occation has changed. In the ancient time, girls used to get married at a very early stage, and had to go and live with their in-laws in other villages. After marriage, if she faces any problem with her in-laws or her husband, she would have no one to talk to or seek support from.
There used to be no telephones, buses and trains long ago. Her own parents and relatives would be quite big and unreachable. Thus the custom started that, at the time of marriage, when bride would reach her in-laws, she would be friend another woman there who would be her friend or sister for life. It would be like god-friends or god-sisters. Their friendship would be consecrate through a small Hindu ceremony right during the marriage.
Once the bride and this woman had become god-friends or god-sisters, they would remain so all their lives and recognize the relation as such. They would also delicacy each other like real sisters.
Later in life, if she faces any difficulty related to her husband or in-laws, she would be able to positively talk or seek help from each other. Thus, Karwa Chauth(Karwa Chauth Image) was start to as a occation to celebrate this relationship between the once-brides and their god-friends (god-sisters). Fasting and praying for husband came later and is secondary. It was probably add, along with other mythical tales, to enhance the festival.
The husband would always be associate with this occation, because the day of starting this holy friendship between two god-sisters was essentially the day of bride’s marriage to him. Thus, praying and fasting for him by his wife during a celebration of her relationship with the god-friend would be quite logical.
Hence, the festival of Karwa Chauth was to renew and celebrate the relationship between god-friends (god-sisters). It had a amazing social and cultural significance when world was not having the way to communicate and move around easily.
The Story of Queen Veeravati
A long long time ago, there lived a beautiful girl by the name of Veeravati. She was the only sister of her seven loving brothers, who was married to a king. On the occasion of the first Karva Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents’ house. After sunrise, she observed a strict fast. However, the queen could not stand the rigors of fasting and was badly waiting for the moon to rise. The seven brothers who loved her dearly, were very disturbed watching the distress of their sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her. Then the brothers reflected a mirror through Pipal tree leaves. The sister, taken it as moon rise, broke the fast and took food. However, the moment the queen ate her dinner, she received the news that her husband, the king, was seriously ill.
The queen rushed to her husband’s palace and on the way, she met Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed her that the king had died because the queen had broken her fast by watching a false moon. However, when the queen asked her for forgiveness, the goddess granted her the boon that the king would be revive. But to achieve this, she would have to undertake the Karva Chauth fast under strict rituals, then only her husband would come top life. Thus, by strictly following all the rituals of Karva chauth, queen Veeravati relivened her husband.
The Legend of Karva
According to another legend, a woman named Karva was deeply devote to her husband. One day while bathing, he was caught by a crocodile. Karva came running and bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn. She then went to Yama, the Lord of the death, and requested him to send the offending crocodile to hell. When Yamarefused, she threatened to curse him. Afraid of the power of a devoted wife, Yama readily accepted and sent the crocodile to Yamalok or hell, and blessed Karva’s husband with long life.
Rituals and Festivities
Karva Chauth is one such occasion when most married Hindu women in North India seek the blessings of God for their husband’s long life. Karva Chauth is observe on the fourth day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin, which is also call Kartik according to some calendars. Though it is a day mark with neither food nor water, this festival is quite popular among the newlyweds. A few days before the festival, markets are full of items need for the festival. The preparations for this occation start a week in advance. Appointments are made with beauty parlours, hands are decorate with intricate mehendi designs and jewelery and cloth merchants do a brisk business.
The Start Of The Day
On this day the women get up before sunrise. They worship Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya and the moon. The blessings of the Gods are invoke for longevity and prosperity of their husbands and children. Mothers-in-law give their daughters-in-law sumptuous food called ‘Sargi’ to eat before sunrise, as the fast starts before sunrise and ends only after worshiping the moon at night. It is a tough fast, as the women do not take any food or water.
In the evening, the women to cherish the joy of adorning bridal finery. Many times, the newly wed wear their wedding dress on this auspicious occasion, usually the ghagra-choli or Banarsi saris, embellished with the old-new shimmer of gold, diamonds and rubies. After dressing up, she receives gifts from the mother-in-law.
Before evening, the married woman receives the baya or a basket full of goodies from her mother, which is meant for the mother-in-law. The basket contains sweets, mathadi, fruits and a sari. Before the sun sets, most of the women in a locality gather in one house and prepare a corner for the puja. This puja chowk is beautifully decorated and a small platform is prepared against a wall. On this, the image of Gauri Mata or Goddess Parvati is placed. In the olden days, this image was made of cow-dung.
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The Process Of Puja
The women sit around this image with their bayas. Each woman also places a karva or a pitcher full of water and seven pieces of puja in front of her. It is adorn with kharia, aipun and a little roli. A red thread is tied around the karva. At the beginning of the puja, women apply the roli teeka to Goddess Gauri and also to themselves. With the thumb and the third finger of the right hand, water is sprinkle on the image of the goddess. The same procedure is repeat with aipun and roli . Lastly, rice is shower on the image.
Narration of Vrata Katha
An elderly woman of the family narrates the legend of Karva Chauth(Karwa Chauth Image). Even a widow can narrate this story. The women then pray for the long life and welfare of their husbands. While chanting the prayers, they pass their bayas from one to another. The wait for the moon rise begins after sunset, and as soon as the moon is sight, prayers are offer to the moon. The fasting women first observe the moon through a sieve and then break their fast. The first sip of water and the first morsel of food is offer by the husband. A sumptuous dinner follows.
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