Karva Chauth is a famous fast practised in Hindu culture. For the husband’s welfare and prosperity, wife abstracts themselves from food and water. Being a modern woman, you may not believe in all these rituals. Definitely, one question that always bubbles up in my mind is “How can one’s life are interlinked with other’s life”. However, the answer is in the question itself. Love is that element which connects two souls. In Indian Mythology, women treat their husband as ‘Lord of the House’. For the healthy life of their husband, wife offers their prayers to Lord Shiva, and breaks their fast in night after seeing the moon. Here are some really interesting stories and rituals about Karva Chauth.
1. Origin of the Karva Chauth – Veeravati Love Saga
Veeravati was an ardent wife and adorable woman. She fasted whole day and didn’t eat anything throughout the day. Seeing her sister’s bad health, her brothers created a false scene of the moonlight. However, she breaks the fast and her husband died in the tragedy. She restored her faith to the Lord Shiva and Parvati. As a result, the king’s life was restored. Sadly, a tragedy happened, the maid becomes the queen and Veervati act a maid. Throughout the year she adored Lord Shiva, and they lived happily after. A line was incited by the Veeravati “Roli Ki Goli Ho Gayi..Goli ki Roli ho gayi”.
2. Morning meal – Sargi
Karva Chauth is a festival analogous to deep affection for husband. It’s going to be celebrated on 8th October, 2017 in India. Followed by the abstraction from food and water, the fasting rituals begin from dawn to dusk. First of all, the day is started by Sargi. Sargi is a meal provided by the mother-in-law. Karwa Chauth Sargi includes dry fruits, sweets and gifts. These gifts are the epitome for the bride’s fasting. Even more, there is Baya which is sent by the mother of the bride. The wife will eat the Sargi before sunrise and will fast till moonlight.
3. Narration of Ritual Story – Vrata Katha
In evening, the elderly woman of the house narrates the story of Veeravati. Moreover, they circulate the bayas from one to another, praying for the good health and prosperity of their husband. A round Karwa full of water is placed in front of her. To make the auspicious day of Karva Chauth more religious, women apply the roli teeka to Goddess Gauri.
4. Awaiting of Moon – Husband will break the fast
From dawn to dusk, women abstract them from food and water. It is custom of Karwa Chauth that husband will break the fast, after the women will see the face of their husband in sieve. To make their husband blessed by Lord Shiva, wife offer water to the moon.
In the 21st century, it is hard to believe all such ritual things. However, when God exist, anything can happen. Believe in universal powers and your relationship with your husband will be long lasting. Karva Chauth is a festival of love between two souls. Probably, you always wish that your husband will also do fasting for you. He will do for sure, next time.