Karwa Chauth arrives once we are done with other festivals like Navratri, Durga Puja, and Dussehra. To be more precise, Karwa Chauth takes place right after four days of full moon night of Sharad Purnima.
Karwa Chauth is a festival which is mainly celebrated by married women, especially in the northern region of India. Women do nirjala fast which means they will not drink or eat anything after sunrise till they see the moon in the night. This year Karwa Chauth will be followed on 17th October. The moon is expected to be seen at around 8:16 pm. Women will start with their fast from 6.27 am and continue till 8:16 pm.
Karwa Chauth 2019: Moonrise Time, Rituals, Do’s And Don’ts- Know All About Karwa Chauth Festival
Karwa Chauth Puja Time, Moonrise time
- Karwa Chauth puja timings:
According to drikpanchang.com puja for Karwa Chauth will start around 5:46 pm and end at 7:02 pm. Based on the puja timings, the puja muhurat is going to last for 1 hour 16 minutes. However, Karwa Chauth upavasa time will start from 6:27 am and end at 8:16 pm. This means it’s going to last for 13 hours and 50 minutes.
- Karwa Chauth Moonrise timings:
The moon is expected to rise at 8:16 pm during which time the fasting will come to an end.
Chaturthi tithi starts at 6:48 am on 17th October 2019 and ends on 18th October 2019 at 7:29 am.
Karwa Chauth Rituals
- Sargi Ritual:
Sargi is said to be the most important ritual of Karwa Chauth. According to the ritual, mothers-in-law are required to make traditional sweet and savoury dishes for their daughters-in-law. They eat the sargi thaali early in the morning before sunrise as they are not going to eat or drink anything for the whole day. A typical plate of sargi consists of kheer, feni, nuts, fruits, matthri, and sevaiyaan.
- 16 sringar:
Married women dress up beautifully for the occasion and it is called 16 sringar. This includes wearing mangalsutra, vermillion, bindi, earrings, nose rings, maang tika, toe ring, red dress, bangles, kajal, waistband, gajra, and many other items. They were a lot of jewelry on this day. Along with that they apply makeup like a newly married bride and also wear a red sari.
Karwa Chauth Vrat Katha
Karwa Chauth was first observed by Veervati after her marriage. But she soon fainted because of not eating. Seeing her pitiful condition her 7 brothers played a trick so that their sister would break the fast.
One of her brothers climbed up a tree with a lamp and sieve. When Veeravati gained her consciousness back, her brothers told her that the moon already rises. The trick played by her brothers was successful as she broke the fast. But this caused her, her husband’s life as she did not offer argha to the real moon.
Her husband’s death was too much for her to bear. Seeing her inconsolable state, Goddess Indrani appeared and told her to observe Karwa Chauth vrat every month till the next Karwa Chauth. If she is successful in doing so, her husband will back to life. Veeravati followed the karwa Chauth vrat devotedly every month and brought her husband back to life.
How to break karwa Chauth vrat?
When the moon is out in the night sky, it’s time to break the fast. During this time husband and wife go to the balcony or terrace from where they can see the moon. The wife uses a sieve to see the moon. She then uses the same sive to see her husband and prays for his long-life and well-being. Many women even light-up a small diya and place it on the sieve and perform the ritual.
Looking at the moon through the sieve is symbolic of the fact that she wants a long life for her husband just like the moon. She also wants other qualities of the moon in her husband like peace, calmness, and beauty.
After the moon-sighting ritual is over, the wife is offered water by her husband. This is how the husband helps to break the fast. Both of them then enjoy their dinner together and also with other members of the family.