The most popular Karwa Chauth Vrat is mostly observed by the married women of Northern India, falls on October 8, 2017. Karwa Chauth is a fast which begins in the morning and ends at night after the Moon is visible in the sky. The Moon rises late on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth, the fast is observed Nirjala (without drinking water, milk or eating fruits) so it is a very harsh on the body. However, the women who are pregnant or nursing mothers are recommended to have milk and fruits for their need of nutritional supplements during the fasting (Vrat).
Auspicious Karwa Chauth fast is observed by wife in the dark fortnight on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth or Karka Chaturthi in Northern India, but in Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India, the Tithi of Karwa Chauth falls in the month of Ashwin though the day of celebration is the same. The wife, who having dressed up well with fancy jewellery 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. 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 6:17 PM to 7:31 PM(IST)
The Moonrise will be at 08:43 PM (IST) on this year’s Karwa Chauth