Karwa Chauth or Karva Chauth is a significant festival for Hindu women who are married or are of marriageable age. It is celebrated in northern parts of India. They observe a day-long nirjala fast (without food or water) for the safety and long life of their husbands. Unmarried women celebrate this festival for their prospective grooms. They break the fast only after offering prayers to the moon. The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon, in the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Kartik. Women adorn themselves in beautiful clothes and apply henna on their hands. They also sing songs and narrate folk tales around Karwa Chauth. Women begin preparing for Karva Chauth a few days in advance, by buying cosmetics, traditional jewelry, and puja items. They receive sargi or pre-dawn meal from their mothers-in-law to bless their daughters-in-law for a happy and blissful marriage. It consists of sweets, savouries, dry fruits, coconut, matthri, feni and other gifts like sarees, jewellery and others.
Date, Pooja Timings, Moonrise Time On Karwa Chauth, according to drikpanchang.com:
Karwa Chauth date is October 27.
Karwa Chauth pooja timings start from at 05:48 PM and end at 07:04 PM.
Moonrise time of Karwa Chauth: 8:15 PM
The Chaturthi Tithi on Karwa Chauth begins on the October 27 at 06:37 PM and ends on October 28 at 04:54 PM.
Importance of Karwa Chauth:
Karwa Chauth day is also known as Karak Chaturthi. Karwa or Karak refers to the earthen pot through which water offering, known as Argha, is made to the moon. After having observed fast through the day, women offer prayers to lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Kartik to bless them with a blissful life. After four days of Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is observed for the well-being of children.