The Hindu festival Karva Chauth is on Sunday, October 24. It is basically a festival for married women, who fast for the long and healthy life of their husband or partner. According to Drik Panchang, Karwa Chauth fasting is done during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the Hindu month of ‘Kartik’. It is widely celebrated in the northern part of India.
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Puja Date and Timings
Karva Chauth fast will be observed on Sunday, October 24. The fast timing is from 6:27 am to 8:07 pm and Puja muhurta is from 5:43 pm to 6:59 pm. Moonrise on Karwa Chauth Day is expected to happen from 8:07 pm.
Women on this day wake up early before sunrise to observe the rituals. The rituals begin with having sargi before sunrise. Sargi is a plate full of heavy and nutritious meals which consist of ghee-loaded halwa, dry fruits, and fresh fruits usually given by their mothers-in-law.
After having a nutritious meal, the women observe a rigorous fast without food or water for the entire day. The fast is completed when after performing puja after moonrise. Usually, husbands and fiancées are expected to feed the first bite of food to their wives.
History and significance
The concept of Karva Chauth originated during the Mahabharata era when Savitri urged and fought Lord Yama, the god of death for her husband Satyavaan’s life.
It is also believed that the fast originated when Draupadi fasted for her husband Arjun’s safety. It was when Arjuna went to the Nilgiris to pray and meditate for a few days, worried about his safety Draupadi sought her brother Krishna’s help. He advised her to observe a strict fast just like Goddess Parvati did for her husband Shiva’s safety. Draupadi adhered to it, and soon Arjuna returned home safely.