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Karva Chauth On October 27, 2018 - Importance of Karwa Chauth Vrat - Fasting Puja End Time in 2018 As Per Hindu Calendar

Karva Chauth is an annual Hindu fasting undertaken by women in northern and western parts of India in Kartik Month, as per North Indian Hindu lunar calendar. Karva Chauth 2018 date is October 27, Saturday. Time of moonrise on October 27 is between 7:55 PM and 8:15 PM in various parts of India. Karva Chauth in 2018 in Canada, USA, United Kingdom and Europe it is marked on October 27. In Australia, Singapore, and other regions it is marked on October 27.

Karwa Chauth Vrat Puja Time and Fasting End Time

  • 5:40 PM to 6:50 PM is auspicious for performing puja
  • Fast end time - 8:01 PM - Moon will be sighted in North India.
Fasting Puja End Time As Per Hindu Calendar

Why is Karva Chauth Observed?

Karva Chauth Vrat is observed by women for a happy and prosperous married life and for the well-being of the husband and is one of the most popular Hindu fast and ritual.

In Hindu Scriptures

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.

Basic Fasting Rules

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. Some people even do not drink water.

Women in the neighborhood gather in a house and take advice from elderly women on how to observe Karva Chauth fasting. They also listen to the significance to Karva Chauth, 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.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Red color is the preferred choice on the day as it is considered auspicious for married woman. Blue, brown and black color dress should not be worn on the day.
  • The person performing the vrat should not distribute milk, curd, uncooked rice and white color cloth.
  • One should not get angry and insult elderly people on the day.
  • Goddess Parvati should be worshipped before the sighting of the moon. She should also be offered puri and halwa as prasad.

Sargi from Mother-in-law

Sargi is prepared by mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law especially in Punjab and Haryana. It is a kind of meal with dry fruits and other regional items. Today, sargi also contains gifts.

The sargi is present on the day before sunrise. It contains fresh fruits, sweets, dry fruits, traditional snacks and coconuts. Oily food is avoided as it makes the person lethargic.

As those observing the vrat do not eat food or drink water after sunrise, the food items in sargi is consumed before sunrise on Karva Chauth day.

Now gifts like sari and jewelry are part of sargi. 

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