Karva Chauth (करवा चौथ) is a very popular and pious festival celebrated by Indian women with a whole day fasting. This festival is more commonly celebrated in North India and all married women keep fast from sunrise to sunset for the long life and safety of their husbands. Karva Chauth (करवा चौथ) is celebrated on the fourth day of moon and Karva Chauth 2014 is on 11th Oct.
Karva is another word for ‘pot’ (a small earthen pot of water) and chauth means ‘fourth’ in Hindi (a reference to the fact that the festival falls on the fourth day of the dark-fortnight, or krishna paksh, of the month of Kartik).It is uncertain how the festival originated and how it came to be celebrated only in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent. One hypothesis is that military campaigns and long-distance travel usually resumed around the time of the festival, as the area dried and numerous rivers of the region (see Sapta Sindhu) subsided from the effects of the monsoon.Women observed the fast to pray for the safety of their husbands at this time as they ventured away from home. The festival coincides with the wheat-sowing time (i.e., the beginning of the Rabi crop cycle). Big earthen pots in which wheat is stored are sometimes called Karvas, so the fast may have begun as a prayer for a good harvest in this predominantly wheat-eating region.
Indian ladies get dressed up in the evening with red coloured traditional outfits and gathering at a place for the karva chauth vrat katha and pooja. There is a wonderful Karva chauth story which the ladies sing sitting in a circle. Check the video below to know the complete Karva Chauth story with the popular Karva Chauth Song “Ley Veero Kudiye Karvada”
Karva Chauth Story
This video of Karva Chauth story video is helpful for ladies who live alone and aren’t aware of the karva chauth vrat katha and vidhi. Do listen to the video and have a very happy karva chauth. I wish you all a happy and long life with your loved ones.
Happy Karva Chauth 🙂