It is that time of the year again when hundreds and thousands of women across North India gear up for the much awaited Karva Chauth. This year, Karwa Chauth will be celebrated on 27th October, 2018. It is one such festival that all newly married North Indian women look forward to. Traditionally, the festival celebrates a wife’s devotion toward her husband and stands for her fasting to pray for the husband’s long life. It is also symbolic in nature, a celebration of the institution of marriage.
The festival has its roots in mythology. The puja is marked by the storytelling of Princess Veeravati who gets married to a king. On her first Karwa Chauth, she decides to go visit her parents. The rigour of fasting all day renders her weak and she faints. Her seven brothers, who love her immensely, can not bear to see their sister in this state and trick her into thinking that the moon has risen. Just as she breaks her fast, she gets word that her husband, the king is dead. The queen is heartbroken and rushes to her husband’s palace. Enroute, she meets Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva who tell her that it is a penance and fasting on Karwa Chauth will help bring back her husband. The tale ends happily as the king gains consciousness and they live happily ever after.