Karwa Chauth 27 October 2018 (Moon Rise At 19:57 at Delhi) Karwa Chauth Vrat ( A Great Fast to all women) Karwa Chauth vrat will be celebrated on 27 October 2018. It’s not just a fast but has great meaning. Karva Chauth is a fast undertaken by married women who offer prayers seeking the longevity of their husband. Over years, this fast has become very popular all over India. In Bihar, ladies celebrate Haritalika Teej Vrat exactly like karwa chauth. The calculation of the date of Karva Chauth in 2018 is on the basis of the traditional Hindu calendar. Karva Chauth falls 4 days after Sharad Purnima.
The karwa chauth is generally famous in North India. Women keeps absolute fast on this day. They do not even take water till the Moon is rises in east around 19 hrs to 22 hrs hrs in night. Now –a- days some ladies has started taking tea and little refreshment in the cities. Married women dedicate the evening to rituals, offering prayers to Goddess Gauri seeking her blessings for a happy married life. They grouped together and celebrate it in best way. In night at the time of rise of Moon vrat is opened by seeing the Moon through a circular net and then seeing the husband face through it. After offering water to Moon , husband offer water to the wife and wife opens the vrat by eating some sweet offered by her husband.
Literally, the term 'Chauth' means the 'fourth day' and 'Karwa' which is an earthen pot with a spout. This is symbolic of peace and prosperity – this earthen pot is necessary for the rituals.
Here is Karwa Chauth katha in brief
There was a pious lady called karwa who lived with her husband on the bank of a river. While bathing in the river a crocodile caught hold of him. He yelled his wives name for help. Karwa ran to help her husband and to do so she tied the crocodile with the help of a yarn. After that she went to seek help from Yamraj( the god of Death) asking him take away the life of the crocodile and save her husband. Yamraj explained that it was not possible as the crocodile was meant to live its life span. This angered Karva who warned Yamraj of her curse to kill him. Yamraj got scared for he knew that Karwa had spiritual power. He went and saved her husband killing the crocodile and banishing him to Hell. Thus, the pious Karwa saved her husband’s life. For years, women have been celebrating Karva Chauth as an expression of a woman love for her man.