Get To Know The Real Pooja Vidhi Of Karwa Chauth
We can say that Karwa Chauth is the most glamours and high end fast of Hindus. It is the well known and popular festival of India. Karwa Chauth is an occasion which has been inspiring Indian women for years and has been a emotional nucleus for many marriages.
Karwa Chauth is considered one of the most important Fasts observed by the married Hindu women. On this day the women pray for the welfare and long life of their husbands. In present day, the concept and form of this festival has taken a great change. I think this is the only fast which every young women want to keep this fast. But how many of us the authentic pujan vidhi of Karwa Chauth. In this article we will elaborate the pujan vidhi of Karwa Chauth.
Married women eat food early in the morning, before sunrise. They are not supposed to eat or even drink water during the day. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karwa Chauth Katha (the legend). The fast is over after the moonrise.
The Pooja Vidhi
The pooja preparations start a day in advance. Married women buy the shringar or the traditional adornments and the other pooja items like the karwa, matthi, etc.
How to Keep the Fast
Early in the morning they prepare food and have it before sunrise. The morning passes by in other festive activities like decorating hand and feet with Heena decorating the pooja thali and meeting friends and relatives. In the late afternoon women gather at a common place like temple or a garden or someones' place who has arranged the pooja. An elderly lady or the pujarin narrates the legend of Karwa Chauth.
Karwa Chauth Story
The essentials of this gathering and listening of the Story Karwa Chauth a special mud pot, that is considered a symbol of lord Ganesha, a metal urn filled with water, flowers, idols of Ambika Gaur Mata, Goddess Parwati and some fruits, mathi and food grains. A part of this is offered to the deities and the storyteller. Earlier an idol of Gaur Mata was made using earth and cowdung. Now just an idol of Goddess Parwati is kept. Every one lights an earthen lamp in their thalis while listening to the Karwa story. Sindoor, incense sticks and rice are also kept in the thali. At this time the women wear heavy saris or chunries in red, pink or other bridal colors, and adorn themselves with all other symbols of married women like, nose pin, tika, bindi, chonp, bangles, earrings etc. Once the moon rises, the women see its reflection in a thali of water, or through a dupatta or a sieve. They offer water to the moon and seek blessings. They pray for the safety, prosperity and long life of their husbands. This marks the end of the day long fast.