Karwa Chauth – Fasts of India

What is Karwa Chauth?

Karwa Chauth is a fast undertaken by married woman in the interest of prolonging the prosperity, happiness, and longevity of their husbands. Indeed, in many if not most Hindu households, the woman serves as a significant link between the family and society. Thus, apart from religious reasons, this festival hold more of social significance. The wife is required to forgo her customary dietary needs and pleasures on this day to seek blessings for her husband.

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Story Behind the Karwa Chauth

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 couldn’t stand the rigors of fasting and was desperately 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.

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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 revived. 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.

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Source: Wikipedia, SCFI

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