Friday, May 6, 2011
married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking
married Hindu women who offer prayers seeking the welfare, prosperity, well-being, and longevity of their husbands. The term 'Chauth' means the 'fourth day' and 'Karwa' is an earthen pot with a spout - a symbol of peace and prosperity.
This festival comes 9 days before Diwali, i.e., on the fourth day of the new moon immediately after Dusshera, in the month of 'Karthik' (October-November).
This whole chowk should be placed against a wall on one side, where a similarly decorated patta is kept, on which the Gaur Mata is seated. The Gaur Mata used to be made with cowdung in the shape of a human figure, just about two inches tall. Nowadays, a picture or an idol of Parvati is placed on the patta.'just about an hour or so before moonrise, those who have observed the vrat, dress up again in their chunris or in red or pink clothes with chonp and bindi on their foreheads. Everyone now gathers around the place where a carpet or durrie is spread over the leaving space for the puja items.
It is said to have an extraordinary observance rate among married Hindu women. Following a bath early in the morning, well before dawn, the woman adorns new clothes and partakes of a meal of very select grains and fruit. For the remainder of the day, the woman is bound to abstain from food and even water, though the more strict rules of observance are not always kept.
In principle, the fast is not to be broken until the moon is sighted at night, and an elderly woman in the house is supposed to narrate the story of Karwa Chauth before the fast is terminated. ,Married ,women ,who thus offer, wishful prayer, for saubhagya by, observing, the Karva Chauth ,Vrat, acquire sa,ubhagya, proge,ny and lasti,ng prosperi