HAPYY KARWACHAUTH TO ALL MY SISTERS WHO CELEBRATE THIS FESTIVAL
~*~Karwa Chauth Puja Process~*~
The fast of Karwa Chauth is kept
9 days before Diwali. It falls on the
fourth day of the Kartik month by the Hindu calendar (fourth day of the
waning moon or the dark fortnight).
important fasts observed by the married
Hindu women. On this day the women pray for the welfare and long life
of their husbands. The festival is followed mainly in the northern parts
of the country.
in the morning, before sunrise. They are
not supposed to eat or even drink water during the day. In the evening
the ladies listen to the Karwa Chauth
Katha (the legend). The fast is
over after the moonrise.
buy the shringar or the traditional adornments and the other
pooja items like the karwa, matthi, heena etc.
Early in the morning they prepare food and have it before sunrise. The
morning passes by in other festive activities like decorating hand and
feet with heena, decorating the pooja thali and
meeting friends and relatives.
In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple or a
garden or someones’ place who has arranged the pooja. An elderly lady
or the pujarin narrates the legend of Karwa Chouth.
The essentials of this gathering and listening of the
Karwa chauth story , a special mud pot, that is considered a symbol of lord Ganesha, a metal urn filled with water, flowers, idols of Ambika Gaur Mata, Goddess Parwati and some fruits, mathi and food grains. A part of this is offered to the deities and the storyteller.
Earlier an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cowdung. Now just
an idol of Goddess Parwati is kept. Every one lights an earthen lamp in
their thalis while listening to the Karwa story. Sindoor, incense
sticks and rice are also kept in the thali.
At this time the women wear heavy saris or chunries in red , pink or
other bridal colors, and adorn themselves with all other symbols of a
married women like, nose pin, tika, bindi, chonp, bangles, earrings etc.
Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water,
or through a dupatta or a sieve. They offer water to the moon and seek
blessings. They pray for the safety, prosperity and long life of their
husbands. This marks the end of the day long fast.
offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and
longevity of their husbands. This festival requires a through planning before the actual date and the following list of items can prove to be handful, especially for women who are doing their first Karva
- Sargi: which includes pheni (a sweet made of milk and
semolina), a dish made of some cereal like parantha , sweets and fruits
- Ten matthis with ten puas (a sweet made of jaggery)
(Henna) on palms and feet.
- Makeup items
like Bindi, sindoor, lipstick, rouge, kajal,
eye-liner, mascara etc.
- Jewelry -
Mangalsutra, maangtika, rings, bangles, necklace,
earrings, payal, toe-rings, nosepin etc.