In Indian culture, the Karwa Chauth is an important festival for both married and women of marriable age. On this day, right since the Sunrise till the Moonrise, the women will fast for the safety of her husband. In the case of women yet to be married, they would keep it fast for their future husband who should be loving and caring towards them.
Thus, they would Keep a fast without even drinking a water and eating any food all throughout the day. This seems to be a difficult one but the doting wives or women looking for a good life partner would performs all these with much love and respect in their mind and heart for their husbands.
What is Karwa Chauth?
The meaning of Karwa Chauth is offering Argya (water) to the moon using an earthen pot known as Karwa on the Chaturthi (4th day from Poornima or full moon day) of the Karthika month. The origin of this festival is still very hazy but there are definitely some anecdotes associated with this festival. Some of the estimated stories are narrated below which shows the reason behind this celebration:
Tale of the Queen Veervati:
Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen named Veervati who was the only sister among seven loving and caring brothers. In one of the Karwa Chauth she was at her parent’s place and began a strict fast after sunrise. In the evening she was waiting eagerly for the moonrise as she was suffering from hunger and thirst. The brothers were pained by seeing their sister in suffering. So, they created a mirror in a Pipal tree that made it look as if the Moon is up in the sky. Now, the moment Veervati broke her fast, the news that her husband is dead arrived. She kept on weeping and that's when a Goddess arrived in front and revealed that she was tricked by her brothers. Now, she kept the Karwa Chauth fast with full devotion and seeing the dedication, Yama, the lord of death restored life to her husband.
Another mythological story from the Pages of the Mahabharata:
It is said that Draupathi also observed this Karwa Chauth. Once Arjuna, the one whom Draupathi loved the most went to the Nilgiri mountains for self-penalty and thus the rest of the brothers were facing challenges without him. Now, Draupathi remembered Lord Krishna in this situation to ask what should be done to resolve the challenges. Lord Krishna narrated a story of Goddess Parvati where in a similar situation she performed the Karwa Chauth rituals. So, Draupathi then followed the strict rituals of Karwa Chauth and Pandavas resolved their problems.
Thus, the story of Karwa Chauth has been observed by the women in India. Accordingly, the date and timings of Karwa Chauth in 2018 are as follows:
Date: 27th October 2018.
Start time: 05:36 PM
End Time: 06:54 PM
Duration: 1 hour and 17 minutes.
Moon rise on the above date: appox 7:59 PM.
Usually it has been a practise that the husband would reward the wife for the penance that she should carry on the day of Karwa Chauth. Some would take their wife for an evening Dinner or outing, others would even Gift their wife. These gits are not a mere exchange of material items; however, it would be to respect the emotions of one’s wife.
Following are some of the Five unique Gift which a husband can consider to gift his wife on the date of Karwa Chauth.
Buying ornaments of gold and diamond. Though this may not be affordable by all, however, there are many husbands who at least one’s plan of buying ornaments or gold on the day of Karwa Chauth. This will be a unique gift that can be considered for your wife.
Gift voucher: If your wife is found of shopping and would prefer her taste be respected, then gift voucher is one good option. Here there is freedom of choice by your wife to choose her gift.
Handmade crafts: Women are known to be someone appreciating a unique taste. One way to keep her happy is to gift her handmade crafts during this Karwa Chauth. They would be pleased with the uniqueness of the Idea.
Gadget geek: These days, women are equally found of Gadgets such as Watches, iPad and other utility equipment’s. They would love to remain trendy and shall be happy with the uniqueness of Idea which will please them.
Skill Saree: This has been an old and time-tested gift. If your lady luck would love to be adored in Saree, then gifting her a Skill Saree. She would be pleased with the gift this time.
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