The Festival of Karwa Chauth
Karwa Chauth is just around the corner, and every woman is busy with their preparations for the festival. But what exactly is Karwa Chauth?
Karwa Chauth is one of the most important fasts kept by Hindu women, mainly in the northern parts of the country. Seeking the long life and prosperity of their husbands, married women fast the entire day. The spend the day in the company of friends and relatives being pampered. Both mother-in-law and mother lavish women with gifts, clothes, and jewellery.
"Karva" refers to a clay pot while "Chauth" means fourth. This refers to the day when Karwa Chauth is celebrated, which is the fourth day following the full moon. Karwa Chauth also coincides with the autumn harvest. In the days gone by, the festival also marked the emergence of autumn. People tend to visit friends and relatives during this period.
Significance of Karwa Chauth
On Karwa Chauth, married women observe the nirjala fast during which they do not eat from sunrise till they spot the moon. Not even a drop of water touches the lips. The fast should be observed with dedication should they choose to follow.
Married women wake up early in the morning before sunrise and bathe before performing the puja. Before starting the fast, they eat sargi, a nutritious meal consisting of dry fruits, nuts, and vermicelli. The mother-in-law prepares sargi for the women. After having sargi, women are not allowed to eat or drink anything until the moon rises. Once the moon rises, they see it through a sieve and then seek the blessings of the husband. They pray for the well being and safety of their husbands. After this, they are allowed to end their fast.
Karwa Chauth Puja
Though Karwa Chauth has been followed for a long time, it has gained traction only in recent times, due to TV shows and movies. It might sound glamorous, with all the dressing up complete with mehndi and jewellery, but there is a whole lot of religious puja and traditions behind it. If you are observing Karwa Chauth this year, you better do it the right way.
After their early morning bath, women perform a puja where they take a pledge called "Sankalp". They promise to fast the entire day for the well being of their husbands. Women spend the day visiting friends and relatives; they also decorate their hands and feet with mehndi. By afternoon, they gather together, and an elderly relative recites the story of Karwa. The gathering is complete with a metal urn, flower, and idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Parvathi. Grains, mathi, and fruits are offered to the Gods. During the puja, women light the lamp in their thalis.
After sunset, the Karwa Chauth puja is performed during the Sandhya time. Once the moon is sighted, women see the moon through a sieve or a dupatta. The fast is broken then with the first morsel of food being fed by their husbands.
Make Your Wife Smile with These Thoughtful Karwa Chauth Gifts!
Heart Shaped Personalized LED Fur Cushion
A personalized gift always resonates with love and passion. It is not always you take time and effort to personalize something. Gift your love the Heart-Shaped Personalized LED Fur Cushion and make Karwa Chauth extra special for her. The cushion is made of satin lined with fur with your picture right at the centre. Measuring 14” x 14”, it also comes equipped with LED lights with an option for you to switch it on/off. Buy yours from igp.com for Rs. 550. Do not forget to add your picture and any add ons if required before you purchase your gift.
Two Layer Lucky Bamboo For Wife
Green Gifting is something of a trend these days. Gift your loved one with this Two Layer Lucky Bamboo and treat her to fresh unpolluted air every day. The bamboo can grow up to 5 inches and comes in a glass vase measuring 3” x 3” x 3”. The vase comes with an eco-friendly jute wrapping and is decorated with red and white rope. Trust us when we say, your wife would be delighted with your gift. Make sure to place it in the east to receive its energy. Priced at Rs. 699, Bamboo is said to bring luck and love for good measure. It is available to buy at fnp.com.
LUNA 2 - Facial Spa Massager
After a long and stressful day, there is nothing better than cleansing your face to get rid of all makeup, dirt, and grime. And that squeaky clean feeling is the greatest of all. The Luna 2 facial spa massager delivers just that. The silicone bristles of Luna 2 gently exfoliates your skin and unclogs the pores. It can remove up to 99.5 % of the impurities that cause acne. It also has an anti-wrinkle mode that sends lower-frequency pulsations to massage wrinkle-prone areas. This smoothens the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Priced at $169 or Rs. 12,088, it is available to buy at Foreo.
A woman cannot have enough handbags. Subtle and trendy, simple lines, good quality, elegant cut, Cate Women's Satchel by Caprese ticks all the right boxes. An opulent handbag that just about completes any casual outfit and something that every woman would love to carry. Crafted from faux leather material, the handbag is a style statement for your confident lady. It is available to purchase from Amazon for Rs. 1,289.
Rose Gold Dial Watch
Gift your wife this stunning Rose Gold Dial Watch. Let her know that you have all the time for her. A good watch can cost you a pretty penny. But its beauty only shines when you wear it — priced at Rs. 5,112, the rose gold watch by Fossil is a splurge, but its classic design makes it a worthy buy. The dial and the band of the watch are made of stainless steel with a rose gold finish. Better yet, the watch is also water-resistant. Hurry up and purchase yours from Amazon.
Women Anklet Bead Chain
Anklets have always been a part of our culture. With a modern makeover, anklets have taken a new avatar. Perfect to wear with your high heels or even with your sandals; it can perk up any dull footwear. The Anklet Bead Chain is made of alloy with artificial turquoise beads and a gold finish. Measuring at about 23 cm, it also has a leeway of 3 cm as an extended chain. Costing about Rs. 329, you can buy the ankle chain from Amazon.
Bath Bombs Gift Set
There is nothing more calming than a refreshing bath after a long and stressful day. Give her the gift of relaxation aka bath bombs this Karwa Chauth, and see her light up with joy. The bath bombs make for a relaxing and sweet-smelling bath not to mention the fizz, which is a pure joy to watch. The Seychelles Incense 12 Bath Bombs make for a luxurious bathing experience. With the goodness of shea butter, cocoa butter, and essential oil, the bath bombs are moisturizing even for dry skin. Purchase your gift set from Nykaa for Rs. 2,599.
Designer Mustard Thali Set & Shringar
Karwa Chauth puja is as important as the sargi your wife consumes. The fast is complete only after she sees the moon through a sieve and worships it. Go traditional this year and gift her this ornate Zardosi Red Thali Set from FnP. The thali has everything she needs to complete the puja. The thali set includes a channi, vessel, georgette chunni, bangles, sindoor, bindi, lipstick, and mehndi cone. It is available to purchase for Rs. 3,049.
Sweet & Nutritious Karwa Chauth Hamper
Your better half has chosen to fast for you day long, praying for your long life and wellbeing. Show your wife how much you love her by breaking her fast with this hamper. The hamper has everything she needs to open the fast and stay steadfast in it. The gift hamper contains, kaju katli, cashews, almonds, and unsalted mathri. They come gift packed in a cane basket perfect for gifting. Order this delectable sargi hamper from giftalove.com for Rs. 1,360.
Know The Story Behind Karwa Chauth: The Legends of Karwa Chauth
Women all over the country starve themselves on Karwa Chauth. Husbands make sure they are on time back home to help her break the fast by feeding her the first morsel of food. It is also essential that you know the story behind it. Here are the legends that started it all.
Veeravati, the beautiful sister of seven loving brothers, is married to a king. She celebrates her first Karwa Chauth in her parent’s place. Never having observed the fast, she was desperate for the moon to rise. Not able to bear her troubled state, her brothers tie a mirror to a pipal tree, thereby reflecting light. Veeravati, in her distress, takes it for the moon and breaks the fast.
The moment Veeravati breaks her fast, she receives news that her husband, the king, is gravely ill. The queen rushes to the palace; On the way, she meets Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvathi tells her that she broke her fast to a false moon. Repenting her deeds, Veeravati asks for forgiveness. Parvathi grants her a boon that her husband would live, but the queen needs to undertake the fast of Karwa Chauth again following the strict rituals. Veeravati follows the Goddess’s edict and revives her husband, the King.
Legend of Karwa
The other famous legend is that of Karwa, who is dedicated to her husband. One fateful day, her husband is bitten by a crocodile. Karwa, hearing her husband’s screams tie the crocodile with cotton yarn. She then visits Lord Yama and requests him to send the crocodile to hell. When Yama refuses, she threatens to curse him. Lord Yama knowing that she is pativrat, sends the creature to hell and blesses her husband with a long life.
Satyavan and Savitri
Satyavan and Savitri also feature in the legends of Karwa Chauth. When Lord Yama comes to take Satyavan’s life, Savitri begs him to spare her husband, Yama refuses; Henceforth, Savitri rejects food and water. Looking at her devotion, Yama grants her a wish that can be anything but her husband’s life. She requests the Lord of Death to bless her with children. Yama, impressed by her devotion, brings her husband Satyavan back to life.
Karwa Chauth in Mahabharata
Karwa Chauth dates back to the Mahabharata era; Hence, it makes an appearance in the epic too. Draupadi is said to have followed this fast. While Arjun was in the Nilgiris for penance, the Pandavas faced too many problems and struggled. Hopeless, Draupadi seeks Lord Krishna for help. Krishna reminds Draupadi of Goddess Parvati. The Goddess had sought Lord Shiva’s guidance in a similar situation and was suggested to follow Karwa Chauth by Lord Shiva himself.
Draupadi follows the instructions and observes Karwa Chauth along with its strict rituals. Thereupon, the Pandavas were able to solve all their issues. And that is credited to Draupadi, who followed Karwa Chauth with such devotion.
There is No Better Gift Than The Gesture!
While you get the perfect Karwa Chauth gift for your beautiful wife, there would be no better gift than the gesture of you fasting with her throughout the day of Karwa Chauth. As it's said, actions speak louder than words, your wife would love you even more!