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.