Karwa Chauth 2021: Everything You Must Know About Its Rituals
Karwa Chauth is a special day for married women because it brings the opportunity to appease the Lord. This day falls on Chaturthi of Krishna Paksha during the month of Kartik, as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, a married woman worships Lord Shiva and pray for the longevity of their husband. They observe a day-long fast until the visibility of the moon. Thereafter, they break the fast with the help of their partner. There is the sheer importance of keeping fast on this day as it is believed that husband and wife may develop a long-lasting relationship. Let’s check out in detail how the people of India celebrate this auspicious day.
Celebration In India
Karwa Chauth is widely celebrated across India. The married couple participates in the Karwa Chauth’s rituals and pray for happy married life. This day usually coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi, and therefore, some of them also join the celebration of Sankashti Chaturthi. They organize Ganesha Puja to recall the Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings.
Women observe a one-day fast of Karwa Chauth to pray for prosperity, longevity and protection of their husbands. The Hindu myths reveal that it is traditional rituals of Karwa Chauth, which belongs to ancient times. It says that women use to observe Karwa Chauth vrat when their husbands go out on the war. At the same time, women pray for their safety and protection by keeping the fast. Thus, Karwa Chauth is celebrated in every Indian house with immense joy.
Important Date And Muhurat For Karwa Chauth 2021
- Date: 24th October, 2021 – Sunday
- Fasting time: 06:27 AM to 08:07 PM
- Tithi timings:
- Chaturthi Tithi Begins: 03:01 AM on 24th Oct, 2021
- Chaturthi Tithi Ends: 05:43 AM on 25th Oct, 2021
Karwa Chauth's Rituals
People already start preparation for Karwa Chauth a week before the actual day. On this day, married women wake up early before sunrise, to prepare ‘Sargi’. ‘Sargi’ is a collection of sweets, snacks and decorative items that women receive from elders before sunrise. They avoid food and water till the moonrise rule and remember the Goddess name by reciting mantras. Women who are expecting babies can consume sweets, fruits or other milk items. In some parts, unmarried girls also are observed to fast to get desired and caring life partner.
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Women visit a nearby Lord Shiva temple wearing bright colour new clothes. They pray to Karwa Mata, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganpati, Lord Kartikeya with dedication and faith. Women also read ancient tales about the Karwa Chauth. This is also considered to be part of the rituals.
They organize Puja to appease the Lord and then wait for the Moonrise to break Karwa Chauth Vrat. After the visibility of the Moon, Women observe her husband’s face through a sieve and offer water to Moon. Thereafter, their spouse helps them eating fruits and sweets. The couple then seek blessings from elderly members of their family.
Things To Be Avoided While Following Karwa Chauth
Below are the things one should refrain from doing while performing Karwa Chauth Vrat.
- Married women should take a break from their in-house activities.
- One should not wear black, white or dark blue coloured clothes as they are considered to be inauspicious.
- One should also not refrain from the stitching of clothes using needles, scissors, or any other sharp objects.
- One should not eat any food items or drink water till the visibility of the Moon.
- After breaking the fast, one should not eat onion or garlic for the entire day or while taking a meal.
We found Karwa Chauth holds the great significance of observing fast. This day every married or unmarried women keep the fast. This day is the most auspicious day to please the Hindu deities. And so, many devotees organize puja at their house. Newly married women strictly follow the fast to develop a formidable bond in their marriage relationship. Now, you had a clear picture of why we celebrate Karwa Chauth.