Karva Chauth 2019: Date, Vrat Katha, & Puja Muhurat
By: Future Point | 14-Sep-2019Views : 2268
Karva Chauth Vrat
is celebrated on the fourth day of the dark half in the Hindu month Kartik. On this day, married women keep fast to prolong the life of their partner. Karva Chauth is also known as ‘Karak Chaturthi’ in some places. The earthen pot is used to make water offerings to the moon on the fourth day after the full moon, during the Kartik month. The festival of Karva Chauth is celebrated with immense fervor and enthusiasm all over India.
This festival is celebrated by most people all over the country but it is more popular in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, etc. All women observe this fast during the day for the long life of their partner. After worshipping the moon, their partner offers food to them. This is how Karva Chauth is celebrated with full enthusiasm and joy.
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Karwa Chauth Festival Date
According to Panchang, this year Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 17th October 2019(Thursday). On this day women observe a fast and listen to a Karvachauth story and worship Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati and Lord Ganesh.
Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat
Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat : 17:50:03 to 18:58:47
Duration: 1 Hour 8 Minute
Karva Chauth Moonrise Time : 20:15:59
Significance of Karvachauth Festival
Karva means earthen pot, which symbolizes prosperity and Chauth means the fourth day after the full Moon or the waning phase of the Moon, in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov). It is observed 9 days after Dussehra and 11 days before Diwali. This day holds great importance in the life of married women. The time of this festival coincides with the initiation of the Rabi cropping season which is the wheat sowing season in these aforementioned areas.
The women of the families fill the earthen pot or Karwa with wheat grains and offer it to God praying for a great Rabi season. Women end their fasts only after seeing the Moon. Once the Moon rises in the sky, women devoutly pray and see the Moon's reflection in a plate of water, or through a sieve and offer water to the Moon. They pray for the safety, success, prosperity and long life of their partners.
Karva Chauth Vrat Story
- Karwa Chauth Vrat Story in English
According to the Hindu story for Karwa Chauth, a moneylender had 7 sons and 1 daughter named Karva. On the day of Karva Chauth festival the daughter, Karva observed fast for her husband. At night, when everyone sat for dinner, the brothers of Karva insisted her to eat as well. But, Karva denied because Moon had still not arisen and she could have food only after giving Arghya (offering water) to the Moon. Her brothers couldn’t see the situation of their starving sister who had not even accepted a single drop of water since dawn.
The youngest brother planned to trick her by lighting a lamp behind the leaves of a Peepal tree, giving an illusion of the Moon and convinced his sister that the Moon has come and now she can have food. She got tricked and had a bite of food. As soon as she took a bite, the news of her husband’s death came. Karva kept the body of her husband till 1 year and kept on collecting the grass growing over the dead. Next year, when Karva Chauth came again on the fourth day of the dark half in the month of Kartik, Karva kept the fast again following all the rituals properly.
People also search for Karva Chauth Vrat Katha in Hindi also.
- Karva Chauth story in Hindi
बहुत समय पहले की बात है, एक साहूकार के सात बेटे और उनकी एक बहन करवा थी। सभी सातों भाई अपनी बहन से बहुत प्यार करते थे। यहां तक कि वे पहले उसे खाना खिलाते और बाद में स्वयं खाते थे। एक बार उनकी बहन ससुराल से मायके आई हुई थी।
शाम को भाई जब अपना व्यापार-व्यवसाय बंद कर घर आए तो देखा उनकी बहन बहुत व्याकुल थी। सभी भाई खाना खाने बैठे और अपनी बहन से भी खाने का आग्रह करने लगे, लेकिन बहन ने बताया कि उसका आज करवा चौथ का निर्जल व्रत है और वह खाना सिर्फ चंद्रमा को देखकर उसे अर्घ्य देकर ही खा सकती है। चूंकि चंद्रमा अभी तक नहीं निकला है, इसलिए वह भूख-प्यास से व्याकुल हो उठी है।
सबसे छोटे भाई को अपनी बहन की हालत देखी नहीं जाती और वह दूर पीपल के पेड़ पर एक दीपक जला कर चलनी की ओट में रख देता है। दूर से देखने पर वह ऐसा प्रतीत होता है कि जैसे चतुर्थी का चाँद उदित हो रहा हो।
इसके बाद भाई अपनी बहन को बताता है कि चाँद निकल आया है, तुम उसे अर्घ्य देने के बाद भोजन कर सकती हो। बहन खुशी के मारे सीढ़ियों पर चढ़कर चाँद को देखती है, उसे अर्घ्य देकर खाना खाने बैठ जाती है।
वह पहला टुकड़ा मुंह में डालती है तो उसे छींक आ जाती है। दूसरा टुकड़ा डालती है तो उसमें बाल निकल आता है और जैसे ही तीसरा टुकड़ा मुंह में डालने की कोशिश करती है तो उसके पति की मृत्यु का समाचार उसे मिलता है। वह बौखला जाती है। उसकी भाभी उसे सच्चाई से अवगत कराती है कि उसके साथ ऐसा क्यों हुआ। करवा चौथ का व्रत गलत तरीके से टूटने के कारण देवता उससे नाराज़ हो गए हैं और उन्होंने ऐसा किया है।
In order to know the correct details of Karwa Chauth's story, one can also read Karva Chauth Katha online in order to recite it correctly. At the same time, it is also less time-consuming.
Karwa Chauth Fasting
Karva Chauth festival consists of a special meal taken by the women before the dawn on the day of Karwa Chauth. The main part of the meal is Fenia (made of vermicelli). If the fast observing woman has her mother-in-law in the home, Sargi is cooked by the mother-in-law. In the evening, women get together to perform the ritual of Feri. They come along with their puja plates and sit in a circle. After that, they rotate their Thalis (plates) in the circle while reciting the Karva Chauth Vrat Katha (story).
Karva Chauth Fast Nowadays
Traditionally, Karwa Chauth fast is a day on which women observe a fast for her partner’s long life. But with time, this festival has a new meaning added to it. Most men and women today believe in equality of gender and play an integral role in educating others to do the same. Since the festival of Karva Chauth has close ties with the patriarchal structure, it includes certain norms that are distasteful towards women.
Most couples today believe in bending the rules and making sure that their partner feels loved more than blindly following the traditions. Hence, both partners either observe a fast for each other or skip it altogether.
Puja Vidhi for Karva Chauth Vrat
- Wake up early in the morning, before sunrise and clean the worship area. After that eat food is given by your mother- in- law.
- Then worship the god and take the vow of keeping the fast without taking water because during the fast one cannot take anything not even a drop of water.
- In the evening, place the idol and pictures of gods and goddesses on an earthen platform.
- Now, take a plate put dhoop(incense sticks), Chandan(sandalwood paste), Roli, Sindoor (vermillion), etc.
- The worshiping should begin before 1 hour to the moon sighting.
- Recite the Karva Chauth story, while worshiping the goddess.
- After Moon sighting, the daughter-in-law should take the blessings of mother-in-law after offering her a decorated plate with sweets, fruits, dried fruits, money, etc and blesses her with the boon of everlasting good luck.
We wish you a Happy Karva Chauth. May Goddess Parvati shower all her blessings on her every devotee!