This festival celebrates the sacred bond of love and marriage. On this day married women observe the nirjala fast and worship the almighty for a blissful married life. Karva Chauth falls on the fourth day of Kartik month.
Women dress up like a newlywed bride, wear new attire, wear jewelry, apply Mehendi and adorn the sacred solah shringar. If you too are planning to observe the Karva Chauth fast this year, then here are a few fasting rules (vrat vidhi) that you can follow easily like how to fast…
How to fast
To begin the rituals for Karva Chauth it is necessary to bathe early in the morning before sunrise and don new attire.
The first ritual is to take a Sankalp or pledge before sunrise. After this, the Sargi is offered by the mother-in-law, which is to be consumed before sunrise.
The Sargi thali must include essentials like Solah Srinagar, bangles, new attire, sweets, fruits, meethi seviyan (vermicelli), puri, sabzi, juice, or beverage.
The food served as a Sargi must be satvik, which must be cooked without garlic and onion.
After the Sargi, the fasting for Karva Chauth vrat begins, where the person observing the fast needs to chant the name of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva, and Ganesha.
As a part of the rituals, it is believed that creating pictures of Falak and Karva from the Grinded liquid rice also known as Geru (ochre) on the walls is an important part of the ritual. The process of painting the walls is known as Karvadharna.
Next, the festive feast prepared on this day for the puja must include pakke Pakwan along with puris and sweet delicacies like Halwa or Seviyan.
As per the tradition, it is believed that preparing Athavari from eight puris and delicious sweet halwa adds sweetness to the festival as well as the relationship.
The Nirjala fast also revolves around reading a paath with ladies observing this fast.
Preparing small sculptures of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha is also an important part of the festival. The small clay idol of Ganesha is placed on the lap of Goddess Parvati, which is followed by prayers and chanting hymns in the evening.
Clean and decorate the place of worship and then place a red cloth. Place the idol of Goddess Parvati and decorate her with the solah shringar. Then place a Kalash in front of the idol and fill it with water.
Take a bowl full of wheat grains, put Grinded sugar inside it, put the Dakshina over it, cover it with a lid and make a Swastik on the Karva with red vermillion.