Karwa Chauth is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Mainly a festival from Punjab, celebrated in some parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pardesh, Karwa Chauth has gained huge popularity across the nation following its pompous propaganda in Bollywood movies and TV serials.
So now, Karwa Chauth is undividedly celebrated all over India. So on the eve of Karwa Chauth I bring for you some unknown facts and stories related to the festival which you might not have known! Read on to enjoy the much loved festival of India all the more!
Perfectly explained by over-emotional Jaya Bachhan in our beloved movie K3G, Sargi ritual is performed to strengthen the bond between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law where the former is supposed to cook healthy and delicious food, enriched with dry fruits and nuts for the latter and feed her before sunrise on the day of Karwa Chauth. However, it is not a necessary gesture in other regions except Punjab, women from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh observe the fast as any other fast and do not have a ritual of offering or eating sargi.
2. An All-women Affair
Turned into a romantic festival in modern times, Karwa Chauth is actually an all-women affair. Karwa Chauth was observed to create friendship between the newly-wed bride and other ladies of the neighbourhood. Later, it was related with the longevity of husbands and hence the entire ceremony.
3. Exchanging Gifts
The aim of observing Karwa Chauth is to strengthen the bond with your in-laws so that you receive a warm acceptance in the family. So, much to your surprise, on Karwa Chauth, it is the daughter-in-law who is supposed to give gifts to her mother-in-law and other family members if she wants.
Earlier, as women never earned, these gifts were sent from her paternal houses, but now, you can use it as a nice opportunity to pamper your mommy-in-law a bit! Gift her a magnificient saree or anything that she has been longing for a while. It would be a great thumbs-up for the relationship of both of you.
4. The Seive Story
There is no religious significance of looking at your husband’s face through the sieve, it was just a folklore, story of one Veeravati, that gave birth to this cute tradition of looking at the moon and then to your husband’s face through the sieve. The story of Veeravati is also narrated as a part of pooja in most of the regions.
5. Family Love
Karwa Chauth was designed to develop love and sense of belongingness, not only between a husband and a wife but amongst all the family members as well. It is a day to celebrate the relationship of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. It is the time to bond with other older ladies in the family and seek their advice on keeping the spark and love in your marriage alive. Karwa Chauth is the day to rekindle the warmth and bliss of a married life.
6. The Legend of Veeravati
The story of Veeravati or Beerabati is narrated as a part of pooja and is considered to be the legendary story of the significance of observing Karwa Chauth. Once upon a time there was a young girl called Veeravati as she had 7 brothers (Veeravati: one with many brothers) who adored her deeply. After her marriage she was observing the fast of Karwa Chauth for the first time, by the evening she was extremely fatigued due to weakness. Her brothers could not bear such a condition of their beloved sister and fooled her with lighting fire at a distance and making her believe it to be the moon. Trusting her brothers, she immediately broke the fast. No sooner, her husband fell terribly ill. The legend says that after rigorous penance of Goddess Parvati and observing the fast sincerely, Veeravati was reunited with her husband.
7. When Karwa Chauth worked for Draupadi
This story dates back to Mahabharata, when Arjuna went to penance in the Nilgiri hills, Draupadi observed Karwa Chauth for his well-being. As a result of her sincere efforts, Pandavas were delivered from all their problems and also Arjuna returned from forests safely.
8. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
No Indian festival associated with marriage or couples can do without Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, they are considered to be the most revered couple in the Hindu Mythology. On the day of Karwa Chauth, married women pray to Goddess Parvati for the well-being and longevity of their husbands. They also say that Goddess Parvati had observed this fast to have Lord Shiva as her husband.