Karwa Chauth 2021: It is said that a moneylender had 7 sons and one daughter. Once a moneylender’s daughter kept a fast of Karva Chauth in her maternal home for the long life of her husband. But his condition started getting worse due to hunger and thirst. The seven brothers loved their only sister very much. This condition of his sister was not seen from him.
Even before the moon came out, he placed a burning lamp behind a sieve under the cover of a tree and told his sister that the moon had come out. The sister mistook the light of that lamp kept in the sieve as the moon and broke her fast by offering Arghya. The brothers broke their fast on Chauth by deceit. Due to this, Karva Mata got angry with him and after some time her husband died.
After this the woman realized her mistake and asked her mother for forgiveness of her mistake and she kept a fast on the Chaturthi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik the next year. To avoid any kind of deceit, he himself saw the moon god with a sieve in his hand and placed a lamp in it. After this her husband became alive. It is said that since then the practice of looking at the moon with a sieve in hand started.
In addition to the above mentioned tale, there are two other reasons why women use a sieve to see the moon on Karwa Chauth. The first of the two reasons is that married women in Northern India wear a ‘ghoonghat’ (facial veil) to show respect to their family elders. As a result, when they see the moon, they use a sieve as a ghoonghat to pay reverence.
Secondly, the moon is seen as a sign of peace, love, and joy. Women use a sieve or Chalni to filter the rays coming from the moon. Happiness and positivity are thought to be present in the filtered rays.
The moon, according to Hindu beliefs, is a manifestation of Lord Brahma and is endowed with a long life. The moon is beautiful, cool, loveable, and long-lived. This is also one of the reasons why women look at the moon through a sieve first and then their husband’s face. They pray for the manifestation of all these qualities in their husbands and wish for their long and healthy lives.