Karva Chauth is probably the one festival that all newly married North Indian women look forward to. The festival is traditionally observed to pray for the long life of the husband. It is symbolic in nature, a celebration of the institution of marriage.
The festival has its roots in mythology. The puja is marked by the storytelling of Princess Veeravati who gets married to a king. On her first Karva Chauth, she decides to go visit her parents. The rigour of fasting all day renders her weak and she faints. Her seven brothers, who love her immensely, can not bear to see their sister in this state and trick her into thinking that the moon has risen.
Just as she breaks her fast, she gets word that her husband, the king is dead. The queen is heartbroken and rushes to her husband’s palace. Enroute, she meets Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva who tell her that it is a penance and fasting on Karva Chauth will help bring back her husband. The tale ends happily as the king gains consciousness and they live happily ever after.
The day passes slowly but before you know it, it is evening. The women dress up and gather together to perform the puja. The katha is read aloud as the thali with a sweet, glass of water, a diya and other puja materials is passed around in a circle. All that is left now is to wait for the moon to rise.
Here are the mahurat timings to break your fast and perform the puja –
- Karwa Chauth Puja: 5:43 pm to 6:59 pm
- Moonrise on Karwa Chauth Day: 8:51 pm
- Chaturthi Tithi: From 10:47 pm on 18th October to 7:32 pm on 19th October