Hindu women in North India observe Karva Chauth fast with great reverence and enthusiasm for the happiness, prosperity and longevity of the husband. Although it is considered necessary only for married women, but now some unmarried girls are also observing this fast with the desire of a good groom. Let’s know some more important information related to this …
1. Karva Chauth means Karva from a small vessel made of clay to hold water and Chauth means from the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik month.
2. It is believed that when the Pandavas were surrounded by adverse conditions, Draupadi sought help from Sri Krishna. On this, Shri Krishna urged them to observe a similar fast.
3. The fast of Karva Chauth and the beginning of the Rabi harvest are about the same time, so it is believed that this festival is a prayer to God for a good harvest.
4. The story of Satyavan-Savitri is quite popular. It is said that after the death of Satyavan, when Yamraj reached to pick him up, Savitri begged him to give life to her husband. When Yamraj refused, he gave up food and water. On this, Yamraj told him that you can ask for anything other than this. Savitri expressed her wish to have children of her husband Satyavan. Finally, Yamraj had to give life to Satyavan.
5. The practice of sergi is also seen in the fast of Karva Chauth. In this, mother-in-law gives her daughters-in-law a number of dishes to eat before sunrise, which can be accepted only up to the strings of stars.