Karva Chauth is an annual Hindu fasting undertaken by women in northern and western parts of
Karva Chauth is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Parvathi had observed severe penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Women emulate the fasting practice observed by Goddess Parvati for her husband Lord Shiva.
On the Karva Chauth day after an early morning bath married women eat food made from select grains and fruits. All this takes place before sunrise. After sunrise the women observe a strict fast.
Women in the neighborhood gather in a house and take advice from elderly women on how to observe Karva Chowth fasting. They also listen to the significance to Karva Chouth, Katha (stories) and perform rituals together.
The fast is broken after sighting the moon at night along with her husband. The moon is seen through a sieve. Women break the fast with an offering of water and flowers to the moon.
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