Married women across India are gearing up to celebrate Karwa Chauth on 8th October 2017. Karwa Chauth 2017 moon rise time is 8:27 p.m. You may have heard of Karwa Chauth in Hindi movies, married women dressing up(shringhar) and opening their day long fast upon the seeing the moon, turns out that there is lot more to the festival than just donning the best outfits and eagerly waiting for the moon.
Karwa Chauth is also called as the Karak Chaturthi. Karwa or Karak means an earthen pot using which a woman gives Arghya(offering) to the moon. Karwa Chauth falls during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. The festival is mainly celebrated by women from northern part of India.Karwa Chauth is celebrated by married women during which they observe a nirjala vrat (fast without food and water) for the whole day until they sight the moon. They pray for the safety and longevity of their husbands lives by observing this fast. Women also gather together and listen to old folklores and tales associated with the auspicious fast. Women observing Karva Chauth break the fast only after offering prayers to the moon. Women offer water to the moon as a part of their prayer by holding an Atta Chani in another hand.
Moonrise Time on Karwa Chauth 2017
The year on Karwa Chauth the moon is expected to rise at 08:27 PM.
Karwa Chauth Puja Vidhi
Women start their Karwa Chauth vrat by taking a Sankalp. Karwa Chauth tends to coincides with Sankashti Chaturthi which is a day dedicated to worship of Lord Ganesha. However on the day of Karwa Chauth along with Lord Ganesha his entire family including Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Kartikeya are worshipped.
Goddess Parvati who plays an immense significance in Hindu women and their marital life is worshipped first as Akhand Saubhagyavati during the Puja followed by Lord Shiva, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha. Hindu women also worship ad sing praises of Goddess Gaura and Chauth Mata who are a form of Goddess Parvati itself on the day of Karwa Chauth. According to Hindu scripture Vratraj, the best time to perform Karwa Chauth Puja is during Sandhya time which starts after sunset. After the moon rises, women should worship God Chandra and after making offering to him should break the fast.
Karwa Chauth 2017 Fast and Sargi
Women in Northern India, especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab observe dusk to dawn Karva Chauth fast for their husbands. It is a custom for the women to wake up early in the morning before sunrise, that is around 4-5 am, and eat a plateful of savouries and sweets so as to keep going throughout the day without water and food. According to the rituals and traditions, the mother-in-law presents a thali of sweetmeats and savouries to her daughter-in-law only to bless her for the completion of the fast. A Sargi ideally consists of mithai, matthri, dry fruits, coconut and some gifts like sarees, jewellery and others.
Mehendi and Shringhar on Karwa Chauth 2017
In the evening, women dress up beautifully with new clothes and jewelry and apply henna or mehendi on their hands. Applying mehendi or henna is considered to be auspicious for married women and is also a significant part of the wedding rituals in India. It is believed that the darker the mehendi, the more you are loved and adored by your husband.
Karwa Chauth Puja Mahurat 2017
Karwa Chauth 2017 Muhurat is the exact duration of time within which puja can be performed. The whole duration for Karwa Chauth 2017 Pooja on 8th of October is 1 hour and 14 mins. The Chaturthi Tithi begins on the 8th of October on 04:58 PM and the Chaturthi Tithi ends on the 9th of October on 02:16 PM.
• The Moonrise on Karwa Chauth 2017 Day is on 08:27 PM.
• The timing of Karwa Chauth puja would start at 5.49 PM.
• The timing of Karwa Chauth puja would end at: 7:03 PM.