Karva Chauth is a fast undertaken by married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. Karva Chauth falls about nine days before Diwali on the Kartik ki Chauth some time in October or November.
It is the most important fast observed by the women of North India. A woman keeps such a fast for the well-being of her husband, who becomes her protector after she leaves her parents home. Her husband provides her with food, shelter, clothing, respectability, comfort and happiness. This year it falls on 2nd November, 2012.
Karva Chauth originated as a festival of social importance. Mythical tales were later on added to the festival. This Katha (the legend) first took place between Siva and parvati. Siva told Parvati about the significance of Karva Chauth Vrat. In Dwapar Yuga, Draupadi asked Lord Krishna about the vrat of Karva Chauth. Thereafter, the very first time this vrat was observed in the town of Shukraprastha by Veeravati, the daughter of Vedsharma and Leelavati. Ever since this vrat has been observed by married women till the present day.
It is a one day festival when devoted Hindu wives carry out auspicious rituals for the well being of their husbands. They fast the whole day without taking any food or water in order to show their devotion and readiness to suffer for their husbands and to ensure the long life of their husbands. In the evening the ladies listen to the Karva Chauth Katha (the legend). The fast is broken after sighting the moon.
The day of Karva Chauth is celebrated mostly amongst the entire North Indian community settled either in India and other parts of the world.
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