It is most awaited festival for women as Karwa Chauth has very significant role in Indian festivals.
On this day, women consume food before sunrise. This year the festival will falls on October 8. The Chaturthi Tithi begins on the 8th of October on 04:58 PM and the Chaturthi Tithi ends on the 9th of October on 02:16 PM. It is also believed that if women do fast on Karwa Chauth they will gain boons equal to 100 Fast.
Karwa Chauth is also called as the Karak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha, and Lord Kartikeya are also worshipped on this day. In the evening, women perform a puja, offer food to the deities and pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands. Women offer water to the moon as a part of their prayer by holding an Atta Chani in another hand.
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A woman buys bangles for Karva Chauth in Jammu ahead of the festival. One story about the origination of this festival is related to the bond of feminine friendship.
Women performing rituals on the occasion of Karva Chauth in Bikaner, Rajasthan, on Sunday. She was married off at a young age; her first Karva Chauth was celebrated at her parents' home.
Legend of MahabharataOnce when Arjuna went to Nilgiri mountains for a penance the rest of the Pandavas faced a lot of problems due to his absence. A more restless Draupadi during that era remembered Lord Krishna to sought his help. On her way she met Lord Shiva and Parvati and informed them about her husband's death. Once while taking a bath at a river, her husband was attacked by a crocodile.
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Queen Veeravati's story is associated with the significance of Karwa Chauth.
Story of VeeravatiA long time ago, there lived a lovely queen named Veeravati, the only sister of seven loving brothers. The story says that Lord Yama when came to procure Satyavan's soul, Savitri begged him to grant him life. With time, traditions changed and women started observing fasts for the well-being of their husbands on this day. She pleaded guilty for breaking her fast unknowingly and asked for her husband's life. Therefore he was left with no choice but to give her back her husband's life.
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