Karwa Chauth is a one-day Hindu festival celebrated by the married ladies, mostly in the states of North India like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc.
The festival falls in the Hindu month of Kartik on the fourth day after the full moon. It is believed that if married women fast on this day, it helps in extending the life of their husbands and brings bliss in the family. Nowadays, many unmarried girls also keep this fast to pray and wish for a good husband.
Date and Muhurat for Karwa Chauth 2019
- In 2019, Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 17th October.
- The Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat time will be from 17.46 to 19.02.
- Moonrise will take place at 20.20.
- Chaturthi Tithi will begin at 06.48 on 17th October.
- Chaturthi Tithi will end at 07.28 on 18th October.
Significance of Karwa Chauth
The word Karwa means ‘Pot’ (Pot of Water) and Chauth means ‘Fourth’.
Long back ago, Karva Chauth was celebrated as a prayer for the long life of soldiers in the war, and by extension, today refers to the well being and long life of a married husband.
How to observe Karwa Chauth
- The Karwa Chauth preparations begin in advance with women shopping for colorful pots, decorated puja thali, henna, jewelry, etc.
- The fast begins before sunrise around 4 am and is ended only when the moon is seen. Before sunrise, the woman eats “sargi” given by her in mother-in-law and wears bridal attire.
- Women gather together, listen to a Karvachauth story and worship Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and Lord Ganesh.
- In the evening, women sit and sing Karwa Chauth songs and perform feris.
- Women dress up in new traditional clothes especially in vibrant colors and adorn henna and jewelry.
- All fasting women eat the food’s first bite from their husband’s hand after seeing and worshipping the moon.