Keeping Karwa Chauth Fast? All the rituals and tips you need to know
Keeping Karwa Chauth Fast? All the rituals and tips you need to know
Karwa Chauth is one of the most prominent ritual/ festivals for a married woman. Karwa Chauth comes on the fourth day of Hindu lunisolar calendar in Kartik month and is filled with lots of colors and happiness. It is a traditional Hindu ritual in which all married women pray for their husband’s long life and we’ll being. The word Karwa means earthen pot and Chauth refers to the fourth day. In this ritual, while breaking the fast, women drink water from earthen pot and perform pooja in 4 ways- Nirjala fasting, juice fasting, fruit fasting and kitchari cleanse. For newly married woman, Karwa Chauth rules and rituals must be a little difficult, but they become easier from next year.
Rules for Karwa Chauth Fast:
As per Hindu tradition, there are few rules/ rituals that all the women must adhere and should follow properly. Breaking of any of the rules may lead to incompletion of the fast and becomes futile.
1. As per the traditional rules, women must not perform any household work on Karwa Chauth day. They should apply henna (mehndi) on their hands, wear traditional outfits, jewelry for the pooja.
2. Usage of sharp objects like nail cutters, knives, scissors are strictly prohibited.
3. Women must try their most to avoid conflict situations. As, Karwa Chauth is the festival of happiness and celebrations.
4. Women are advised to wake up early before the sunrise, get ready and eat the Sargi prepared by their Monther-in-law.
5. Women are not allowed to drink water or even eat a morsel of food during the whole day before breaking of fast by seeing the moon.
What is Sargi?
Karwa Chauth festival strengthens the bond between wife and husband, but also strengthens the bond between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. It can also be considered as a symbol of mother-in-law’s blessing and love for her daughter-in-law. Sargi is a type of pre drawn meal and plays a very important role in this Karwa Chauth fast. As per the ritual, mother-in-law prepares the Sargi plate. As you can only eat once in the whole day, try to include a healthy meal on your Sargi plate that gives you an ample amount of energy to survive the whole day. Along with the food, other Suhaag items like sindoor, saree, jewelry is also given as Sargi my mother-in-law.
Tips for a Healthy Sargi Meal:
1. In order to avoid dizziness and headache. It is advised to eat ferni with milk, dry fruits and nuts in Sargi for a complete healthy fasting.
2. In order to stay hydrated, always consume coconut water and try to avoid coffee and tea.
3. Try to include fibre rich fruits like bananas, apples, berries, pomegranates, papaya, apricots, dates, figs, walnuts and almonds that will provide you with ample energy to survive the whole day fast.
4. Try to avoid heavy and spicy foods like parathas, pakoras etc.
5. Do not overboard your Sargi plate with sweets, instead of it try to eat a proper healthy meal including vegetables, pulses and chapati.
Karwa Chauth Pooja- End of Fasting:
Karwa Chauth fast is observed for the long and healthy life of husband. In this wife prays to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to free their husband from black magic and witchcraft so that the husband lives a healthy and joyful life.
After the pooja all women wait for the moon to rise in order to break the fast. The sky usually remains cloudy on the day of Karwa Chauth, which leads to fasting till 8-9 pm. It is very difficult for women to keep fast for the whole day, without drinking or eating something whole day. But Hindu women keep this fast happily just for the long life and we’ll being of their husband. So, it just shows respect and love for the wife towards their husband. As the moon is seen, women carry the Pooja thali and a sieve to see the moon through it. Then, moon is offered rice and water, and women drinks water which results in breaking of the whole day fast.
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