Karwa Chauth/Karva Chauth 2018 Date, Puja Vidhi and Timings
Karwa Chauth Muhurat: 05:36 pm to 06:53 pm (17:36 to 18:53)
(Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes)
Karwa Chauth/Karva Chauth Moon Rise Time: 08:00 pm (20:00)
Chaturthi Tithi begins at 06:37 pm on 27th October 2018
Chaturthi Tithi ends at 04:54 pm on 28th October 2018
One of the most celebrated festivals among the married women in India is Karwa Chauth. Karwa Chauth symbolizes a significant day where married women folks pray to the gods for the safe and long life of their husbands. Married Women are especially inhabiting in the Northern region of Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh observe Karwa Chauth with “Nirjala Vrat” (fasting even without water). Unmarried women are also seen to be observing the ceremonies of Karwa Chauth for their prospective grooms. Karva Chauth is going to be celebrated on 27 October this year. It falls on the fourth day of the full moon – Purnima of Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar.
Karwa Chauth Importance, Significance, Etymology, and History
Karwa Chauth is a mixture of two words where Karwa is a synonym for an earthen pot of water and Chauth means fourth in Hindi. Which signifies its celebration on the fourth day of the full moon or Krishna Paksha of the month Kartik. After a full day of fast, women offer their prayers to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartik to bless them and their husbands with a happy, safe and long life.
On the day of karwa chauth, women wake up early in the morning and have their breakfast before sunrise. “Sargi” an important pre-dawn meal is generally prepared by the mothers-in-law of the women. After sunrise, the women apply mehndi and other cosmetics to themselves and each other. Later the day, they gift pot full of bangles, homemade sweets, cosmetics, cloth, and cosmetic items and got the same in return. In the evening, women gather around a place to perform the rituals dressed in complete red, gold and orange just like their wedding. They sit in a circle and exchange their Karwa Chauth puja thalis and narrate stories depending upon their region and take feras singing a song depicting the culture and tradition involved in Karwa Chauth.
After concluding the feras, the women arise to view the moon directly or the glimpses of it in a vessel of water through a sieve and then their husbands. They offer water to the moon and then once the prayers are over and they have had a sweet, they can have a complete meal.
The story of Rani Veervati
Karva Chauth embraces many legends and tales. One of the most famous ones is about the queen Veervati which women narrate while performing the pooja of Karwa Chauth and before the glimpses of the moon. This story of Karwa Chauth, Queen Veervati was the only sister of the seven brothers, and hence she was the most loved and pampered member of the family.
She was married at a very young age, and after marriage, she was to celebrate the first Karwa Chauth at her parent’s house. She kept her fast resolutely from dawn to dusk. Her brothers couldn’t watch her hungry and thirsty. They decided to reflect a mirror behind a peepal tree, imitating the appearance of the moon. After seeing the rising moon, Veervati broke her fast and took a sip of water. She soon understood that she mistook the moon when the servants informed her about her husband’s death.
She wept for many days while praying to the gods to forgive her and bring her husband back to life. The gods felt pity with what she was suffering and hence gave her a final chance. The condition was that she should perform the puja of Karwa Chauth by properly following all the rituals. She agreed and did what she was told to do. Seeing such a great dedication Yam raj — the God of Death blessed her with her husband’s new life.
Karwa Chauth Vrat Katha
Karwa Chauth Wishes
1. I wish that the moonlight fill your heart and life with eternal joy and happiness…. May our life is blessed with peace, prosperity and success…. May our home is always showered with blessings… Wishing a very Happy Karwa Chauth my dear husband!!!
2. Today is the most beautiful day as I will fast for my loving husband’s long life…. I wish that you are always healthy, happy and smiling…. I wish that you are always there to share my smiles and sorrows…. Warm wishes on Karwa Chauth to the best husband in the world.
3. Dearest wife, on this occasion of Karwa Chauth, I want to thank you for bringing so much of happiness in my life, for spreading smiles in my world, for making this life worth living… Sending my love and best wishes on Karwa Chauth to you… Thanks for fasting for me!!!
4. No words in this world can express my feelings to you…. You are not just my wife but the very reason for my existence…. I thank God every day for sending you as the most precious gift to me… I wish you all the happiness… I wish you Happy Karwa Chauth.
5. Tumhare aane se jeevan mein hai khushiyan aur bahar…. Tum ho toh jeevan mein hain rang hazar…. Shukriya ki tumhe bhar diya mere jeevan mein pyar aur diya hai mujhe jeene ka naya saar….. Wishing you a very Happy Karwa Chauth my dearest wife.
Happy Karwa Chauth to All!