Karva Chauth Fast
Married Huindu women observe fast and stay without eating or drinking even a drop of water all through the day. In the evening they gather to listen to fast katha/vidhi or fast story. Although, Karwa Chauth fast is not meant for unmarried women, yet some girls before marriage also do this fast.
Karva Chauth Rituals
The women decked in finery and carrying karva chauth puja thali gather to listen to Karwa Chauth story or Karwachauth katha. In the rural parts of the country, idol of Gaur Mata is created and ladies sit around the idol to listen to Karwa Chauth vrat katha. Karwa Chauth eating happens only after the moon appears. Karwa Chauth vrat starts after sargi, the meal before sunrise.
Karwa Chauth ki Katha
Karwa Chauth katha is usually narrated in Hindi. Nowadays free download of Karwa Chauth katha mp3 version is also possible. Karwa Chauth Katha can now be downloaded to be listened to especially on this auspicious day. You can also listen to Karwa Chauth katha audio online. Karva Chauth live katha are performed in the various community gatherings. Karwa Chauth vrat katha in Hindi and Punjabi Katha are equally popular.
Karva Chauth Meaning
The meaning of Chauth is fourth day and Karwa means earthen pot with a spout. This vessel symbolises peace and prosperity. Meaning of Karwa Chauth is significant as the pooja is not complete without the earthen pot. News about the timings of moon appearance is circulated via varied media agencies. Women wait patiently for the Karwa Chauth moon to appear to offer water and prayers. The immense popularity of the festival through commercialization has also made Karwa Chauth English story and Karwa Chauth Hindi stories very popular.
Karwa Chauth Puja
Karwa Chauth fast is the toughest of all fasts. The women wake up before sunrise and prepare sargi or pre-dawn meal and have it. For the rest of the day they do not taste food or water till the sighting of the moon.
You can now listen to the audio of full Karwa Chauth story in Hindi online. Women decked in fine clothes and jewellery gather with their Karwa Chauth pooja thali to perform the puja vidhi. The rituals and the puja process starts with accompanying Karva Chauth katha. Karwa Chauth puja preparations are elaborate and start at least a day in advance. Puja thali decoration with roli, vermilion, dry fruits, earthen pots, lamps or diyas, sweets and fresh flowers is an important ritual. As per Hindu calendar, Karva Chauth is celebrated on the fourth day of the new moon after Dasara, which is nine days before Diwali. Karva Chauth pooja thali items comprise sindoor, karwa, matthi, henna and shringar items. Thali decoration for puja is also an art. Beads, laces, sindoor, colours, etc. are used for Karwa Chauth pooja thali decoration.