Karwa Chauth Fasting Method

Karwa chauth is considered as an important festival for married women. In this festival, women keep a day long fast for their beloved husbands. Karwa chauth falls on the fourth day of Kartik month. In 2019; it observes on Thursday, 17 October.

Married women apply henna, wear bangles, and adorn themselves through sacred sixteen make-ups (solah shringar) on the propitious day of Karwa chauth. This fast is kept almost in all the states with different rituals and sacraments or as per the prevailing beliefs, but these sacraments vary slightly in all the regions. Unmarried girls also celebrate this festival for the sake of getting the desired life partner.

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Nevertheless, Karwa chauth comes every year but we are not aware of the right method, and hence leads to non- fruitful results. If you are observing Karwa chauth fasting, then it is necessary to know its proper rituals and ceremonial methods. Let's know the correct method of Karwa chauth vrat.

Karwa chauth fasting method

1. Take a vow to fast before sunrise and intake sargi sent by the mother-in-law. In the sargi, sweetmeats, fruit, vermicelli, puri and make up products are given. Do not eat foods made with onions and garlic during sargi in Karwa chauth.
2. After the sargi, the nirjal fasting of Karwa chauth begins. Keep chanting the name of Mother Parvati, Lord Shiva and Ganesh in your mind all day long.

3. Make pictures of falak and karwa from the grinded rice (liquid)- geru (ochre) on the walls and this process (art) of painting the walls is karwadharna, which is a very old tradition.

4. Make athavari from eight puri along with a sweet dish- halua. Also preparee ripe dishes (pakke pakwan).

5. Draw portraits of Mother Gauri (parvati) and Lord Ganesha with yellow clay. Put the portrait of Lord Ganesha in the lap of Mother Gauri. The worship of these portraits forms are useful during worshipping in the evening time.

6. Place Mother Gauri on the throne of wood and embellish her with red colored- clothes and offer other decorative items and solah shringar to her. Then keep the casing (kalash) filled with water in fron of her.

7. Put grinded sugar inside a bowl full of wheat grains and lid and also place dakshina (present) above it. Make swastika on the karwa with red vermillion.

8. Worship the portraits forms of Mother Gauri and Lord Ganesha. Recite this mantra -

'नमः शिवायै शर्वाण्यै सौभाग्यं संतति शुभाम् प्रयच्छ भक्तियुक्तानां नारीणां हरवल्लभे॥'

9. Now it’s time to hear or read the story of Karwa chauth. After listening to the story, take blessing of all the elder people in your house.

10. During the night under moonlight, use channi to take a glimpse of moon and then the face of your dear husband. Touch his feet and take blessings. Then offer Prasad and food to your husband and then eat food later on.

Karwa chauth day is very important for the ladies, because they keep this fast for the long life of the husband and the welfare of the house. Karwa chauth divine fast is meant only for married women. Often, women learn the method of performing this fasting observance either from their mothers or their mothers-in-law. However on Karwa chauth, mostly, women worship according to the prevailing custom in their family. The rites and the sacraments to worship are different in each state and region.

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