Karwa Chauth History

On the occasion of Karwa Chauth, the women keep a rigorous fast without food or water the whole day only to break it after the sighting of the moon at night. According to Hindu tradition, there is a graveness associated with the Karwa Chauth history about moon. The women are advised not to look at the moon directly on this day. They are supposed to view it only as a reflection on water or through a sieve. Some of the popular Karwa Chauth legends and stories have been described as follows:

Legends associated with Karwa Chauth :

  • Queen Veeravati who had kept a fast on Karwa Chauth was tricked into breaking her fast by her overly affectionate brothers before the moon rose and her husband had died. Later on a Goddess revived her husband taking a pity on her.

  • There is also a Karwa Chauth legend associated with Mahabharata where Draupadi was advised by lord Krishna to observe fast while the Pandavas were in extreme difficulty during observing penance.

  • The legendary story of Satyavan and Savitri is known to all Hindus right from their childhood. They symbolize the power and bond of a marital relationship. Similar to the ordeals faced by the devoted wife Savitri while she defied death and brought back his husband Stayavan to life, the modern women still willingly undergo this rigorous Karwa Chauth fast to protect their husbands from the clutches of Yama.

  • There is also the legend of the devout wife Karwa who saved her husband from sure death through her intense devotion.