Karwa Chouth (Karka Chaturthi) is a vrat (fast) attempted by Hindu married women who offer pooja to God looking for the hubby’s welfare, flourishing, prosperity and life span. On a basic level, the vrat (fast) is not to be broken until the moon is risen in the evening. Then a senior experienced lady in the house should portray the glory of Karwa Chouth before the vrat (fast) is ended. This is surely a difficult vrat (fast) to see as it begins before dawn and closures in the wake of worshiping the moon, which for the most part ascends at 7 PM (approx.). No food or water is to be taken after 5AM (approx.) or after dawn.
A group prayer of God Shiva and Goddess Gauri(Parvati)
God Shiva and Mother Gauri(Parvati) ji are worshiped on this day. The Gaur Mata or Karwa mata is made with cow dung fit as a fiddle of a human figure but pretty much two inches tall. Now these days a photo or an icon of Goddess Gauri is worshiped. Women offer prasadam or natural products to Mother Gauri (Karwa maa) and after that the more experienced woman of the house describes Karwa maa greatness (story) to everybody. After the puja the prasad are given to little girls and sisters alongside endowments. When the moon rises, the ladies see its appearance from a sifter (chalni) and after that they do a pooja for their hubby’s security and long life lastly break their vrat (fast).
Karva Chauth is a mainstream fasting in Hinduism and is for the most part seen in North India. In 2016, Karwa Chauth is on October 19. Here is a brief thought on the best way to do or perform Karva Chauth Vrat? It is performed by married Hindu women for the prosperity of her best half. The vrat (fast) begins before dawn and closures subsequent to rising the moon. Today, this festival is seen as a poster celebration of love and affection in India.
Time of Celebration
We celebrate Dipawali according to lunar calendar on Kartika Purnima and it celebrates on nine days before Dipawali. This most popular celebration of women celebrates on the fourth day of Hindu month Kartika. This is the fourth day of the waning moon or the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Kartika sometime in October or November of Gregorian calendar. In the other parts of India the same festival celebrating in the other ways also. Other regional names for Karwa chouth are Gangaur in Haryana and Rajasthan and in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar the same festival is celebrating as Teej.
Decoration and Way of Celebration
Pooja Thali and Pooja offering Items, The things that are required for Karwa Chouth puja including symbol of Goddess Gauri, Karwa (pitcher or clay pot) loaded with water, a diya (Ghee earthen light), red flowers, fruits and the soil grains. Fruits are offered to the Mother Gauri while the other half is served to the story teller. The puja thali (made of metal or stainless steel) would comprise of agarbatti (incense sticks), kumkum (vermilion), akshata (rice), lota (a holder loaded with water) and an earthen light. During moon rise, ladies hold their puja thali, containing a lota (loaded with water), an earthen light, a sieve (chalni), dhoop, camphor, vermilion, rice, sandalwood powder and an extravagant Chunari (tissue) to cover the thali.
Ladies dress flawlessly and beautifully for the puja and apply sindoor in the parting of hair. The puja is entirely simple. Initially, the individual performing the puja applies a roli teeka or sindhur on the icon or temple of Goddess Parvati. At that point she plunges the third finger of the right turn in water and sprinkles it with the assistance of thumb three times on the goddess. The same custom is rehashed with aipun and roli. At last, rice is showered on the god and a little rice is kept in the hand. All the taking an interest ladies can do this puja. At that point the more most senior wedded woman of the house describes Gauri (Karwa) maa story to everybody.