Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on October 17 this year. The festival is observed during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik. It is mainly celebrated by women from the northern part of India belonging to states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi.According to Mahabharata, Karwa Chauth can be traced back to the time when Savitri begged the god of death, Lord Yama, for her husband’s soul.
On this day, married woman keep a fast in which they do not take food and water from sunrise to moonrise. They observe nirjala vrat for the safety and wellbeing of their husband. The fasting of Karwa Chauth or Karak Chaturthi is strict and the women do not even drink water during the period of the fast until they see the moon in the evening.
On Karwa Chauth, married women worship Lord Shiva and his family including Lord Ganesha and break the strict fast only after sighting and making the offerings to the moon. Karva Chauth is performed with great involvement as the women in the house spend all day in listening tostories, participating in song and dance and dressing up for the occasion.
The Karva Chauth Vrat Katha is based on the story of Veeravati who lost her husband after her brothers tricked her into believing that the moon has risen using a sieve to break her fast and then she getting back her husband after several years by following all the rituals with devotion.
Karwa Chauth is celebrated just days before Diwali, an auspicious Hindu festival that celebrated the homecoming of Lord Ram, his brother Lakshman and wife Sita after an exile of 14 years.
Karwa Chauth pooja timings start from at 05:46 PM and end at 07:02 PM as per drikpanchang.com. The Puja Muhurat will last 1 hour 16 minutes. Karwa Chauth Fasting period lasts between 06:27 am to 08:16 pm i.e.13 hours and 50 minutes. Women inclined to fast eat before the sunrise and then after offering puja to the moon in the evening.
Moonrise time on Karwa Chauth Day - 08:16 p
Chaturthi Tithi Begins - 6:48 am on October 17, 2019
Chaturthi Tithi Ends - 07:29 am on October 18, 2019
After four days of Karwa Chauth, Ahoi Ashtami Vrat is observed for the well-being of sons.