Showing posts with label Karva Chauth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Karva Chauth. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Karva Chauth Festival?



Karva Chauth is a Hindu festival celebrated in the month of Karva Chauth.

On the fourth (chauth) day of the dark, waning half of the lunar month Kartik (October–November), a religious vow (vrat) is observed.

Married women perform Karva Chauth to protect their husbands' health, wealth, and longevity.

Women's observances and sacrifices are focused towards sustaining the family's wellbeing and wealth through a variety of vows.

Although such vows are strictly optional, there is significant societal pressure on women to take them in order to fulfill their anticipated role as "good" spouses.

Karva Chauth is an extremely stringent vow in which ladies do not eat or drink until the moon rises in the evening.

When the moon emerges, the ladies bring it water before being allowed to drink.

Women may also worship Shiva and Parvati (the holy model of a happily married couple) and Karttikeya, their son, on this evening.

The festival's name comes from the fact that women exchange tiny pots (karva) loaded with sweets.

The founding story for this observance describes how a young bride becomes dizzy and almost dead while fasting at her birthplace.

Her brothers are so concerned about her health that one climbs up a tree with a lamp, convincing her that the light is coming from the rising moon.

The young lady is relieved, but her husband passes out as soon as she sips water.

Her brothers are forced to admit what they have done at some point.

As the lady laments her newly acquired widowhood, she is found by the goddess Parvati, who informs her that if she diligently observes Karva Chauth the next year, her husband would be returned to life.

The young lady follows the instructions and reclaims her spouse.

This story includes valuable cultural knowledge, especially about people's differing duties.

It is a brother's responsibility to safeguard his sister.

A wife's first responsibility is to her husband, and she should dedicate her efforts to his well-being.

The repercussions of failing to follow a religious observance are immediate and terrible, as they are in many such stories, and the benefits of properly doing it are as spectacular. 

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