The term ‘Karwa’ signifies an earthen pot while ‘Chauth’ denotes the fourth day of the month. On this day, married women pray for their husbands’ long and healthy life and show their dedication through a day-long fast. While you would have observed a number of rituals that are carried out on this day by married women, only a few people are aware of the origin of this festival and the tales associated with it.
Here are some interesting facts about the festival Karwa Chauth, you should know about:
The Legend of Mahabharata
The Pandava brothers faced a number of challenges and trails when Arjuna went to the Nilgiri Mountains for self-penalty. Draupadi, while confronting such challenges, kept remembering Lord Krishna in order to seek guidance. Lord Krishna once narrated a story of Goddess Parvati in which she performed Karwa Chauth rituals in order to find a solution to all the hardships that her husband was facing. Lord Krishna advised Draupadi to do the same to resolve their problems.
Queen Veervati’s Tale
Queen Veeravati decided to celebrate her first Karva Chauth at her parents’ place. She fasted the entire day and by the time of dusk, she was desperately waiting for the moonrise. Since she was utterly pampered by her seven brothers, they were unable to see their sister suffer from hunger and thirst any longer. Since they knew that their sister would not eat anything until the moon is up, they decided to create an illusion. Through this, they were able to trick Queen Veeravati into believing that it is time to break her fast. After seeing the illusion of the moon in the sky, she went ahead to have the first meal of the day. After having the first bite of her meal, she sneezed. She continued to have her meal, but in the second bite, she found a hair strand. By the third bite, she got the news that her husband, the King, is dead. On getting this news, the Queen wept all night. The next day, a Goddess appeared in front of the Queen. Seeing her disappointment, she told her that she was tricked by her brothers. The Goddess advised her to follow all the rituals of Karwa Chauth again with utter devotion. After carrying out all the rituals again, Yama – The God of Death, restored King’s life.
The Story of Karva
Karva was a highly devoted wife and loved her husband immensely. Seeing her love and dedication, she was bestowed with spiritual power. One day, her husband was attacked by a crocodile by the riverside. To save her husband’s life, she asked Yama – The God of Death to send the crocodile to hell. On Yama’s refusal, Karva threatened to curse him. Yama, afraid to be cursed by the spiritually blessed, Karva, sent the crocodile to hell. He also blessed her husband with a long and healthy life. It is also believed that the festival Karwa Chauth gets its name after Karva.
Savitri and Satyavan’s Tale
Savitri was a loving wife to her husband, Satyavan. When Lord Yama came to procure her husband’s soul, Savitri pleaded for his life. But this did not affect Yama and he took the soul of Satyavan. Thereafter, Savitri stopped eating food and drinking water. Observing her disappointed, Yama asked Savitri to wish something other than the life of Satyavan. Savitri then asked Yama to bless her with children. And to ensure that Savitri’s wish was fulfilled, Yama had to restore Satyvaan’s life.
Karwa Chauth is one of the most auspicious festivals and we hope these interesting facts will help you understand the importance of this day. Also, Karwa Chauth is a great occasion to treat your beloved wife with some unique Karwa Chauth gifts. You can easily look for some romantic and thoughtful Karwa Chauth gifts online if you wish to express your emotions to her. You can also buy a few jewelry pieces and even some sweets for her Karwa Chauth sargi.