Married women observe Karwa Chauth fast on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth in Northern India, in Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India, it falls in Ashwin, on the same day. It is a full day Nirjala Vrat, ends at night after the Moon is visible in the sky.Wife dresses up gracefully, performs beauty rituals on Karwa Chauth.
It is a very harsh on the body, as the Moon rises late on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth or Kartik Chaturthi and the fast is observed Nirjala (without drinking water, milk or eating fruits) by married women.
However, the women who are sick, pregnant or nursing mothers, are recommended to have milk and fruits for their need of nutritional supplements during the Karwa Chauth fasting (Vrat).
The most popular Karwa Chauth Vrat,which is mostly observed by the married women for safety, longevity and well-being of their husbands, falls on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Auspicious Karwa Chauth fast is observed in the dark fortnight on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth or Karka Chaturthi in Northern India, according to Purnimant calendar, but in Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India, the Tithi of Karwa Chauth falls in the month of Ashwin, as people follow Amavasyant Calendar.
The wife, who having dressed up well,wear traditional Sari or Lanhga Chunni, with fancy jewelry and makeup, also decorates her palms with Mehendi (Henna)designs, and performs Puja and prayer for the love, long life and well- being of her husband.
The fast is ended by having water or Kheer and delicious meal, after sighting the Moon of the auspicious Chauth Tithi through a sieve (Atta Chalani) and offering Arghya through an earthen pot (Karwa) to the Moon by Hindu women in different cities of India and the other parts of the world.
The presence of husband is most desirable at the time of ending of the fast. Then this Karwa is donated to the Pundit. Husband gives gifts to his wife. Nowadays unmarried girls have also started keeping Karwa Chauth Vrat for their fiancé or getting the desired husband.
Karwa Chauth Muhurat timings:
Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat is from 17:44 to 19:01 (IST) on October,27 2018.
Duration is 1 Hour 17 Mins.
The Moonrise will be at 20:08 (IST) on this year’s Karwa Chauth
Chaturthi Tithi begins at 18:37 on 27th, October, 2018