Karwa Chauth Special : Date, Timings, Rituals of the Festival
Karwa Chauth is a Hindu festival celebrated among married women. Women observe ‘nirjala’ fast, which means they don’t even consume water from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and long life of their husbands.
Though the festival is celebrated by women across India, it holds a special significance in northern states of the country including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Though the fast is mostly kept by women, these days, many husbands also observe the fast with their wives for their well-being.
Karwa Chauth puja timings: As per Drikpanchang, Karwa Chauth puja will start at 5:46 pm and end at 7:02pm. The Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat or the auspicious time will last 1 hour 16 minutes.
Karwa Chauth fasting or Upvasa time: 6:27am to 8:16pm.
Moonrise time on the day of Karwa Chauth: 8:16pm
Chaturthi Tithi starts at 6:48 am on October 17, 2019
Chaturthi Tithi ends at 7:29 am on October 18, 2019
Apart from observing fast, as per tradition, women worship Goddess Parvati on the day of Karwa Chauth. The Goddess, who according to mythology is the wife of Lord Shiva, is considered to be Akhand Saubhagyavati or the one whose husband has a long life. Goddess Parvati is worshipped first during the Karwa Chauth puja after which Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh and Lord Kartikeya are worshipped.