Karva Chauth Vrat

Published On : October 2, 2022  |  Author : Astrologer Pt Umesh Chandra Pant

Karwa Chauth Vrat And Its Importance

The most auspicious vrat festival in Hindu religion, Karwa Chauth is celebrated to attain good luck, fortune, and peace for devotees. Celebration of this vrat is mostly done in places like Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and other Indian states. Celebration of Karwa Chauth is slated on Chauth of Krishna Paksha during Kartika month. It is also known as Karwa Chauth and Karka Chaturthi. Married women celebrate this vrat festival to attain longevity and prosperity of their husbands. Women from villages and towns observe the vrat in great splendor and spirit. They follow all mandatory rituals of the vrat in great devotion. They abstain from having food and water until completion of the vrat at the rise of moon, in which the devotees offer Arghya to the moon lord and finish their vrat/fast. Chandrodaya Vyapini tithi, not Suryodaya Vyapini tithi, holds its special importance on this day. Importance of doing vrat and worship of different lords during Chaturthi has been broadly narrated in religious texts. Female devotees observing Karwa Chauth vrat offer deliciously cooked items, and fruits, to lord Ganesha, Mata Parvati, lord moon, and celebrate the vrat in great spirit of devotions. Rituals mandate that Karwa Chauth vrat must be done continuously for twelve or sixteen years, until the day of its completion. Somewhere, devotees observe Karwa Chauth vrat for the rest of their lives.

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Methods To Worship On Karwa Chauth Vrat

Flock of married women observing Karwa Chauth vrat gathers around at a predesignated place. They sing and listen local songs in total devotions. On the day of vrat, the place of Chauth Mata temple is designated to worship lord moon, who is supposed to be worshipped with Arghya. Vrat is followed by devotees with total devotions and sanctity. They collect all puja-related materials and cook a variety of delicious items called prasad. Clad in beautiful attires and ornated in sixteen different adornments, the devotee women offer their worship to the lord in utmost devotions. Rituals suggest that worship should be done using pure cow milk, scented flower, ghee, diya, and special Arghya is offered to lord moon. Worship should be dedicated to lord Shiva, Nandi, Kartikeya, Kuber, Kalash and other divine bodies. Later, the worship is offered to the lord and devotees beg pardon from divine almighty for any mistake done unwittingly during the course of puja.

Story Of Karwa Chauth Vrat

One of the tales associated with this vrat is being described briefly here – A merchant had seven sons and a daughter named Karwa. She was adored by her brothers. Driven by the sheer love for sister, one of her younger brothers gives her false news about the rise of moon, considering he couldn’t stand to see his sister thirsty. Not only this, he kept a lit-diya under a tree to paint his falsehood as truth. His sister fell for the trick and considered that the moon rose in the sky. As soon as she took a bite into her mouth, the evil effects of her sin followed soon. In other words, she received an ill-fated death news of her husband, thus revealing the whole truth of her sin of breaking the vrat half-done. She restarted the vrat under full dedications and brought her dead husband to life. Such is one of the many tales associated with Karwa Chauth vrat.

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