The Karwa Chauth Festivities
All about love and care, Karwa Chauth is celebrated all across the country. This festival is celebrated nine days prior to the festivals of light, Diwali. Specifically on the fourth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Kartik, around October-November.
Married women all over India observe an auspicious fast that marks the long life and wellbeing of their husband. They strictly follow the guidelines laid down by the elderly for the fast and refrain from food and water for one complete day.
The festival of Karva Chauth is celebrated by following a number of rituals as per the Hindu culture and traditions. Application Of Henna is one of them. It is considered auspicious for the married woman and forms a mandatory part of Karva Chauth rituals. Fasting is another important part of the celebrations of Karwa Chauth. After having the scrumptious meal called ‘sargi’ in the pre-dawn time, women observe a one-day fast for Karva Chauth.
In India, marriage is considered auspicious and is something beyond worldly affairs. It is a country where tying knots means promising a companionship of seven lives. As per the Hindu mythology, the willpower of a married lady is strong enough to change her husband’s bad fortune into good and even God’s ultimate decision. In India marriage is strengthened through several means and one of it is Karwa Chauth. It is considered to be the biggest occasion for the entire married woman fraternity in the country. It is said that successful completion of this fast ensures long life and prosperous future for her husband. Rituals need to be followed very carefully as it is believed that any flaw in the fast may endanger the life of your partner.
Three Stories About Karwa Chauth
There are many stories associated with this beautiful day. Here, we present those stories so that the celebration becomes more interesting and meaningful for you.
Story of Queen Veervati
Veeravati, a beautiful queen was the only sister amongst seven loving brothers. The story goes like this that as the queen was celebrating her first Karva Chauth as a married woman at her parent’s house and seeing her hungry and thirsty as a result of strict fast, the loving brothers thought of showing the moon to her in a different way. They created a mirror in a papal tree that made it look as though the moon had risen. The queen mistook it for the moon and broke the fast. And surprisingly, the moment she ate, she got a news that her husband, the king is dead. The queen was weeping the whole night and eventually, her shakti compelled a Goddess to appear and ask why she cried. The queen explained her pain to the goddess and the Goddess revealed how she had been tricked by her brothers and instructed her to repeat the Karva Chauth fast with complete devotion. It is known that when queen Veeravati repeated the fast, the Yamaraj was forced to bring her husband back to life.
Story of Karwa
The story of Karwa is such that a woman named Karwa was deeply devoted to her husband. With the intense love and dedication towards him, she had shaktis within her. Once, while bathing at the river, her husband was trapped by a crocodile. Karva bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn and asked the Yamraj (the god of death) to send the crocodile to hell. Yamraj refused. Karva threatened to curse Yamraj and destroy him. Yama, afraid of being cursed by Pativrata (devoted) wife, sent the crocodile to hell and blessed Karva's husband with a long life. Karva and her husband enjoyed many years of wedded bliss.
Story of Satyavan and Savitri
This story goes like this: Satyavan was a common man and when Lord Yamraj came to procure Satyavan’s soul, Savitri begged him to grant him life. When he did not agree, she stopped eating and drinking and followed Yamraj who was carrying away her dead husband. Yamraj said that she could ask for any other boon except for the life of her husband. Savitri asked that she be blessed with children. Yamraj agreed. And such a devoted wife, a dedicated pativrata lady, Savitri would never let any other man be the father of her children and so Yamraj was left with no other choice but to restore Savitri's husband to life.
Top 10 Gifts to Give to Your Wife on Karwa Chauth
There are a lot of great romantic gifts that you can give to your wife this Karwa Chauth. To make your task easier, we have scoured the web and found the top 10 gifts that would surely brighten the day for her!
Heart Photo Keychain
Being a loving husband to an equally loving wife, the wives deserve the key to your heart! Gift them a heart-shaped key ring as a token of love. Add your most memorable photo with your loved one, and she will be proud to show it off. This personalized key ring is known to celebrate true love and you can't just miss on this one on this special occasion. Surprise your loved one with one and win their heart like never before. Available at floweraura.com at Rs. 249.
Kutch Handblock Print Ajrak Shibori Cotton Saree
Sarees are the most precious gift for any woman. Ajio presents Ajrak hand block sarees that are a specialty of Kutch region of Gujarat. Shibori, on the other hand, is a tie and dye technique in which the fabric is folded, pleated and tied and then dyed to achieve different patterns and designs. Your lady will love these beautifully patterned sarees and you are sure to woo her with these. Available at Rs. 2,250 at ajio.com.
And the most important part of dressing up, a woman’s make up. Add a little personalized extra touch to her makeup collection. This is a unique combo and the right choice for gifting to your loved one. It consists of: One 150g Yardley Perfumed Talk, 2 Lotus Nail Polish, Maybelline Baby Lips Color and One Lotus Color Kick Kajal. This is sure to make her look and feel more beautiful on this special day. Available at Rs.1,799 at floweraura.com.
Chocolates Rose Bouquet
Chocolates and red flowers; the two most loved things for a woman. Red is the quintessential color of love. What could be better than a combination of these two beautifully wrapped and presented in the most unique way? This Chocolate Rose Bouquet by ferns and petals, available at Rs. 499 contains 6 Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 12.5gm and 6 Red Roses. All of this is beautifully wrapped in a red tissue paper and decorated with red ribbon. Your darling would be more than happy with this gift.
Meena Bazaar Fire Orange Ombre Opada Silk Suit Sets
Meena Bazaar is a famous and loved brand for clothing among women. They present a collection of a variety of suit sets on this special occasion of Karva Chauth. This Fire Orange Ombre Opada Silk Suit Set available at Rs. 5,980 at meenabazaar.com is the most valuable gift that you can gift to your wife.
Personalised LED Cushion
This one is exciting. A cushion that has your picture and that glows is a great gifting idea for this occasion. Yes, ferns and petals this unique gift of a personalized cushion with yellow LED light. This cushion is a brilliant gift choice undoubtedly. It can glow with a tinge of yellow light as soon as a fitted internal switch in the cushion is pressed. Your wife will surely love this cushion. The on/off button is inside the cushion with batteries included. You can replace the batteries as and when required. Available at Rs.549 at fnp.com.
Rajasthani Gold Plated Ethnic Patla/Kada Bangles for Women
Come jewelry, and women have a spark in their eyes! This beautiful piece of art, a Rajasthani Gold Plated Ethnic Patla/Kada, that your wife can wear elegantly as an accessory with sarees or suits is a perfect gift to present to her this year on Karwa Chauth. Available at amazon.in at Rs. 1,325.
Sunny Diamonds Heart Diamond Pendant
This fabulous pendant handcrafted with RBC diamonds can woo your wife and make her a lot happy. As good food is to men, surely jewellery and specifically diamond jewellery is to women! This heart-shaped diamond pendant will complete her look for any occasion and she will flaunt it each time, loving you more and being more and more proud of you for this precious gift. Available at Rs. 7,494 at sunnydiamonds.com.
Tanishq 22kt Gold Ring
Available at tatacliq.com for Rs. 5,507, this beautiful 22kt Gold Ring can be the perfect gift for Karwa Chauth. This is a must have a ring for any women, and having it as a gift from her husband can make it more special for a wife. With the perfect finish, the ring features diamond-cut patterns. It looks opulent and versatile which makes it a fascinating choice for any ethic as well Indo-western outfit. The 22 kt ring ensures comfort and your wife can wear it regularly.
Happy Karwa Chauth Rock Stone Frame
For the wives who wish to display her memories of the special day of Karwa Chauth. This Happy Karwa Chauth Rock Stone frame can be the best gift. It is specially designed for this day and will strengthen the bond of love between you and your wife. Present her this unique gift to make her feel special on this day. Available for Rs. 712 at snapdeal.com.
Make Her Day Special!
This festival is all about love and care, and, you can make it all the more special for your wife by doing little things that would take her by surprise. Check out this list below which will surely give you some nice ideas to make her day special!
Fast with Her
Oh! We are sure this is every wife’s wish; that her husband fasts with her. As we all know, that this is the day to celebrate love and a day that respects the marital bond. When wives observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise in order to wish for husband’s long life; men can reciprocate the love by keeping Karva Chauth fast for their wives. This gesture of yours will not only strengthen the bond of your relationship but spending this day together makes it a cherished romantic affair , rekindling the love and affection you have for each other.
Make or Order Something She Likes to Eat
Your wife has been hungry and thirsty for the whole day. And the best thing that you can do for her is to get her some of her favourite food. Order something that she loves to eat and drink. Order from her favourite restaurant. Surprise her by ordering before she thinks what to cook and eat after the moonrise. This will surely improve and strengthen the bond between you and your wife.
Stay Awake and Spend Some Time Together
For the corporate busy couples, this is a great time and chance to come together and spend some lovely moments together. While your wife is fasting and waiting for the moonrise, stay up with her, talk to her about things that you have not spoken about in quite a long time now. Spend some good quality time with her so that the bond becomes stronger and she will be drawn closer to you with this special bond. You can watch movies, listen to some good music or simply go out for a walk to spend some good time together. Time is the best gift that you can give to your wife.
Karwa Chauth, a festival to celebrate
When it comes to Karwa Chauth, it is one such festival that reflects the true essence of Indian traditions and cultures. This festival is a celebration of the sacred bond shared between the husband and wife. Being a symbol of love and reflects the deep care for each other, this is the most important festival for all the married women.
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