Festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated enthusiastically in majority
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The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated enthusiastically in majority of Hindu households. Falling nine days before Diwali, Karwa Chauth is a vrat observed by married woman praying for the welfare of their husbands. Like many other pujas and vrats in Hinduism, Karwa Chauth also needs some elaborate preparations. The legend of Karwa Chauth reminds us that the puja preparations must be done meticulously without missing out anything.
The outline of Karwa Chauth
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Karwa Chauth fast starts in the morning before sunrise and concludes after sighting the moon in the night. Therefore in most cases the duration of the fast will be certainly more than 12 hours. However, the duration depends on the time of sunrise and moonrise in the given year. The main task involved in Karwa Chauth preparations is to prepare the Karwa Chauth thali.
Karwa Chauth Thali
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We need to prepare two thalis for Karwa Chauth – the Sargi ki thali in the morning to start the fast and the Puja ki thali to perform the puja in the evening and conclude the fast.
Karwa Chauth Sargi Ki Thali items
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This is prepared by the Mother-in-law for her daughter in law. The main purpose of this thali is to ensure that the daughter in law eats well before the sunrise so that she is able to fast for the whole day. Therefore the dishes placed in the Sargi Ki Thali are prepared the day before and arranged in the thali. The daughter in law wakes up early in the morning, takes a holy bath, worships gods and receives the blessings of Mother in law before eating the items presented in the Sargi ki thali.
• Pheni or meethi seviyan
• Gobi ki sabzi
• Kaju Katli
How the day is spent
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During the course of the day, the daughter in law observing the fast engages in decorating herself with mehendi, wearing some fine costumes and ornaments. Fasting throughout the day, she eagerly awaits the moonrise. After preparing herself and preparing the puja ki thali, she marches to the puja venue to join the others gathered there.
The main Karwa chauth puja
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In the evening, the main Karwa Chauth puja is performed. The women folk gather in a common place wearing bridal sarees and some elaborate costumes. They all hold the Karwa Chauth puja thali in their hands. During this time, an elderly woman narrates the story of karwa Chauth to the gathering. While listening to the story, the women light the lamps in their thali and wait for the moon rise. The reflection of the moon is spotted in the karwa or pot of water kept in the thali or the women view the moon through a sieve or dupatta. After this, the husband’s face is viewed in the same way and after seeking his blessings, they conclude the fast.
Karwa Chauth Puja ki thali items
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• Make-up and cosmetic items
• Colorful bangles
• Cowdung to make the image of Gauri ma
• Strand of red thread
• Karwa (pot with water)
• Some money
• Sieve (to see the moon and husband’s face through it)
• Sweets and fruits