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Karwa chauth It is an important festival for married Hindu women
As per the Hindu calendar, not a single month can pass by without a celebration and the latest one of great importance for married Indian women is Karwa Chauth. Sometimes, even women engaged to be married fast for the well being of their fiances.
On this day, married woman keep a fast in which they do not take food and water from sunrise to moonrise.They observe nirjalavrat for the safety and well being of their husband. Once the moon is spotted, women look at the celestial body and thereafter their husbands through a sieve and only then they take food.
The occasion is celebrated in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.
Just as the queen broke her fast, news of her husband's death reached her. Karwa Chauth day is also known as Karak Chaturthi (करक चतुर्थी). The wives break their fast after they see the moon and then the face of their husbands through a "chhanni", a filter. So, celebrate the festival of Karwa Chauth with much love and fervour.
Goddess Parvati who plays an vast significance in Hindu women and their marital life is worshipped first as Akhand Saubhagyavati during the Puja followed by Lord Shiva, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha.
Story of VeeravatiA long time ago, there lived a lovely queen named Veeravati, the only sister of seven loving brothers. Women also adorn lovely red sarees or lehengas and sit in a circle with their puja thalis.
Legend of MahabharataOnce when Arjuna went to Nilgiri mountains for a penance the rest of the Pandavas faced a lot of problems due to his absence. She rushed to her husband's palace and on the way met Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. A more restless Draupadi during that era remembered Lord Krishna to sought his help. Draupadi too observed the fast and followed all the rituals strictly and soon the Pandavas were able to get rid of all their problems. She was heartbroken and left for her husband's palace. She asked him to bring two identical dolls. Afraid of the curse, Yama sent the crocodile to hell and blessed Karva's husband with long-life.
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