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Why Do We Celebrate Karva Chauth

A popular Hindu festival for married and even unmarried women, Karwa Chauth 2022, is around the corner. This ‘normal fasting’ day is being celebrated this year on October 13 and women and with the new generation, men are also all geared up to keep a fast for their partner, seeking each other’s long life. According to the Hindu calendar, this day is celebrated on the fourth day after Poornima in the month of Kartik. Scroll down to know this festival’s history, significance and importance.

Karva Chauth Story of Queen Veervati

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful queen named Veervati who was the only sister among seven loving and caring brothers. On her first Karwa Chauth, she was at her parent’s place and began a strict fast after sunrise. In the evening, she was waiting eagerly for the moonrise as she was suffering from hunger and thirst. Seeing her suffering like this, pained her brothers. So, they installed a mirror in a Peepal tree that made it look as if the Moon is up in the sky. Now, the moment Veervati broke her fast, the news that her husband was dead arrived. She kept on weeping and was inconsolable. She instantly started home and met Goddess Parvati on her way. Maa Parvati revealed that she was tricked by her brothers. Then, she kept Karwa Chauth fast with full devotion and seeing her dedication, Yama, the lord of death restored life to her husband. This Karva Chauth Katha of Queen Veervati is quite popular and usually heard by women observing the fast.

Karwa Chauth Story of Karwa

There was a woman named Karwa who was deeply in love with her husband and this intense love gave her lots of spiritual powers. Once when her husband went to bath in the river, he was attacked by a crocodile. Now the courageous Karwa bound the crocodile with cotton yarn and remembered Yama; the Lord of death. She asked Lord Yamraj to give life to her husband and a death sentence to the crocodile. He said he was afraid he couldn’t do so. However, in return, Karwa threatened to curse Lord Yama and destroy Yamdev. Yama was seriously afraid of being cursed by such a devoted and doting wife and thus he sent the crocodile to hell and gave life back to her husband. This Karva Chauth Kahani has narrated even today and married women pray to Karva Mata for the well-being and happiness of their husbands.

Karva Chauth Story of Satyavan and Savitri

It is said that when Yama, the God of death, came to acquire Satyavan’s life, Savitri begged in front of Yama to grant him life. But Yama was adamant and saw that Savitri stopped eating and drinking and followed Yama as he took her husband away. Yama now said to Savitri that she could ask for any boon except the life of her husband. Savitri, being a very smart woman, asked Yama if she wanted to be blessed with children. And since she was a devoted and loyal wife, she wouldn’t let any kind of adultery. Thus, Yama had to restore life to Satyavan so that Savitri could have children.

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