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Karwa Chauth 2017: Know All About The Significance, History And Rituals

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| October 8 , 2017 , 13:18 IST

As per the Hindu calendar, not a single month can pass by without a celebration and the latest one of great importance for married Indian women is Karwa Chauth. The festival falls in the month of Kartik during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi. This year, it is being observed on October 8.

Religiously, women fast the entire day without food or water till the moonrise and only break it after offering prayers to the moon. They offer water to the moon while watching it through a Chani and pray for the well-being and long life of their husbands.

Men are in general excluded from the day-time rituals and only when the moon rises are required for breaking their wives' fast. Otherwise, married men are expected to take care of their fasting wives throughout the day. In recent times, many men also observe Karwa Chauth fasts for their wives.

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While fasting, women narrate the story signifying the history of the age-old festival. The story of Queen Veeravati starts with her return to her parent's house after her marriage for her first Karwa Chauth. Being the only girl in the family, her 7 brothers and family adore her.

During the strict fast, she was eagerly waiting for the moon to rise when she started feeling weak and dizzy. Unable to see their lovely sister in pain, her brothers tricked her into breaking her fast by creating a fire and made her believe that it was the moonlight.

Just as the queen broke her fast, news of her husband's death reached her. Heartbroken broken the news, she started her journey to her spouse's place. During her journey, she was met with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. She pleaded guilty for breaking her fast unknowingly and asked for her husband's life.

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The goddess asked her to observe the fast again with full dedication. Following her advice, Veeravati observed a strict fast with complete devotion. Impressed by her penance, the God of death, Yama brought her husband back to life. 

After women narrate the story among themselves, they perform rituals and offer prayer to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartikay while praying for the long life of their husbands. In the evening after the moon appears, they break their fast.