Karwa Chauth 2021: Karva Chauth is a significant festival celebrated across Northern India. On Karwa Chauth, a festival that falls 10 days after Dussehra, married women pray for the long life and well-being of their husbands.
It is considered as one of the most challenging fasts because women only eat or drink after offering Arghya to the Moon with an earthen pot known as Karwa.
Karwa Chauth is celebrated on Chaturthi Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. This year, it will be on Sunday (October 24). The Chaturthi Tithi will begin at 3:01 am and end at 5:43 am the next day. The fast will be observed between 6.36 am and 8.36 pm on Sunday.
While women break the fast after moonrise, the Karwa Chauth katha puja is conducted in the evening. This year, the puja timings are – 6:09 pm to 7:24 pm.
On Karwa Chauth, women pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to Hindu mythology, a queen named Veeravati visited her brothers during Karva Chauth. As time went by, she started to feel a little faint and eagerly waited for the Moon to break her fast. After seeing her plight, Veeravati’s brothers decided to trick her into breaking her fast. Seeing a Moon-like object in the sky, she broke her fast. Unfortunately, the moment she did, the news of her husband’s death arrived.
After learning about the trick, Veeravati promised to hold a fast every month with full devotion and prayed to the Gods. Finally, she got her husband back.
Karwa Chauth is meant for married women, it is often seen that unmarried girls too fast for the love of their life as a way to express their deepest feelings.
Karwa Chauth is celebrated by Indian married women, on the auspicious occasion they observe fast for their husbands, and at night they worship the moon. In addition to this ritual, the fasting woman also sees her husband through the same sieve and intakes sweet and water that is given to her by her husband to break the fast. And although the festival is meant for married women, it is often seen that unmarried girls too fast for the love of their life as a way to express their deepest feelings.
The been big shippers of love, our Bollywood industry, has often celebrated this festival of Karwa Chauth. Many films have captured the essence of this festival beautifully. So, since October 24, women across India will celebrate this pious festival, we have brought you scenes from Bollywood movie that has beautifully captured the festival of Karwa Chauth.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
In the multi starrer movie, Jaya Bachchan explains Kajol the meaning of Sargi, ahead of Karw Chauth and sends her one. On the day of the festival, Kajol and Kareena both keep fasts for their loved ones.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
The iconic movie feature Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Ajay Devgan. In the film, Aishwarya fasts for her love Sameer (Salman Khan) while she was unmarried. After getting married to Vanraj she keeps fast for him too but does not love her.
Amitabh Bachchan and his better half Hema Malini in the movie keep fast for each other, Being miles apart with their children, the duo expresses their love to one another over the phone in their own beautiful way and opens the fast.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge
Raj and Simran’s love story is ultimate, in the movie, she has kept the fast for the love of her life and wants Raj to give her water to break it. The film showcases the immense love between Raj and Simran, with the latter not giving up until the end and finally breaking the fast with Raj handing her water to drink when Simran acts to collapse out of weakness from not eating throughout the day.
Unmarried Amrita is seen expressing her love to Shahid while performing the rituals of Karwa Chauth. The actress observes the fast and Shahid manages to break into her house to help her break it at the end of the day.
Bollywood never stepped it’s love and affection for several festivals and rituals of India.