Women observe Karwa Chauth Vrat on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth in Northern India. In Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India, it falls in Ashwin month 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.
The auspicious Karwa Chauth Vrat falls on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Women perform it in the dark fortnight on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth or Karka Chaturthi in Northern India, according to the Purnimant calendar. In Gujarat, Maharashtra and South India, the Tithi of Karwa Chauth Vrat falls in the month of Ashwin, as people follow Amavasyant Calendar.
Mostly, the married Hindu women observe the auspicious Karwa Chauth fast once in a year, in different cities of India and the other parts of the world.
Nowadays unmarried girls also keep Karwa Chauth Vrat for their would be life partner for getting the desired husband.
Significance of Karwa Chauth Vrat
The married women perform Puja, observe the most popular Karwa Chauth Vrat for the safety, longevity and well-being of their husbands.
Karwa Chauth is a very harsh on the body, as the Moon rises late on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chauth or Kartik Chaturthi. The wife has to observe the fast as Nirjala Vrat (without drinking water, milk or eating fruits).
However, the women who are sick, old, pregnant or nursing mothers, may have water, milk and fruits for their need of nutritional supplements during the Karwa Chauth fasting (Vrat).
The married woman should perform all the beauty rituals. She should decorate her palms with Mehendi (Henna) designs and use full makeup. She has to dress up well, wear bangles, traditional Sari or Lenhga Chunni. Wearing of traditional gold or fancy jewelry will make her look more graceful.
After sighting the Moon of the auspicious Chauth Tithi through a sieve (Atta Chalani), she offers Arghya through an earthen pot (Karwa) to the Moon.The wife has to end her fast by having water or Kheer and delicious meal. The presence of husband is most desirable at the time of ending of the fast.
She donates this Karwa (earthen pot) to the Pundit or the relative according to the tradition of the family. Husband gives ornaments or gifts to his wife.
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