Yesterday was Karwa Chauth…Happy Karwa Chauth to all my friends…hope you all had a good time fasting… No food No water day,I started writing yesterday itself about it but could not post it due to various reasons but felt like putting a little bit about this fast and what all I do on this fast in my blog, may be can help my daughter when she grows up.
Now about Karwa Chauth, it is a ritual of fasting which is observed by all married Hindu Women seeking for a long life and well-being for their Husbands. Rituals are a way for families to feel that they belong together as one mind and heart. NO WATER day for all those who fasting.One of the toughest fast for females but it comes with a lot of excitement, females start planning about Karwa Chauth in advance.Its one of the ritual in which females have to really dress up like a bride though not many over dress as I call it now but still it is fun to see most of the females dress up in bright colour sarees with mehandi and lots of bangles..all this is a mandate in this fast… I also try to do my bit in dressing up in my own way for this fast… though I love putting mehandi on my hands as I apply mehandi only on Karwa Chauth in the entire year.
Now about my mehandi experience in Bangalore…ohhhh really tough to express because had to really hunt for a nice person to apply mehandi and the tantrums those guys were throwing was unimaginable….demand of course more than the supply …but finally could manage !!!!
Bangles, Bindis, Kum Kum, Mehandi, Bright color clothes ..all this you require for this day……and of course your Mangalsutra
As the day begins before sunrise, all females have to get up and have “SARGI” in the morning, it includes fruits, sweets,coconut and phenia (made in milk), which is the ritual followed by me and many others….Sargi and Baya are the most important gifting items in Karwachauth without which the ritual is incomplete. Sargi is given by the mother in law to their daughter in-laws and it consists of various sweet items that she has to eat before sunrise along with few other items used by a marries women like bangles,bindi and in few homes may be clothes (Saree) also….
My Sargi Thali
In the evening around 5 pm, pooja thali is prepared and that is called the “BAYA” which is given to the mother in law after performing the puja. This Baya contains few Mathris, Almonds and some gifts etc. A small pooja to Gaura Ma or goddess Parvati is performed. All females who have kept the fast in the evening pray to Gaura Ma, traditionally the sit around Gaura ma and pray to her for the well-being and long life of their husbands. A small pitcher or Karva with some water is placed in the center. While the story is being narrated, ladies circulate their Baya thalis.
Since I am in Bangalore and I could not find a community where together all females perform this puja. I did this ritual at home alone. Along with the puja, the story of queen Veeravati is narrated to all the females and this is also one of the most important part of the entire day and it is mandatory to listen to this story.
My Puja Thali
The Story of Queen Veeravati - “The Karwa Chauth Katha”
“A long long time ago, there lived a beautiful princess by the name of Veeravati. When she was of the marriageable age, Veeravati was married to a king. On the occasion of the first Karva Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents’ house.”
“After sunrise, she observed a strict fast. However, the queen was too delicate and couldn’t stand the rigours of fasting. By evening, Veeravati was too weak, and fainted. Now, the queen had seven brothers who loved her dearly. They couldn’t stand the plight of their sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her. They made a fire at the nearby hill and asked their sister to see the glow. They assured her that it was the moonlight and since the moon had risen, she could break her fast.”
“However, the moment the gullible queen ate her dinner, she received the news that her husband, the king, was dead. The queen was heartbroken and rushed to her husband’s palace. On the way, she met Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed her that the king had died because the queen had broken her fast by watching a false moon. However, when the queen asked her for forgiveness, the goddess granted her the boon that the king would be revived but would be ill.”
“When the queen reached the palace, she found the king lying unconscious with hundreds of needles inserted in his body. Each day, the queen managed to remove one needle from the king’s body. Next year, on the day of Karva Chauth, only one needle remained embedded in the body of the unconscious king.”
“The queen observed a strict fast that day and when she went to the market to buy the karva for the puja , her maid removed the remaining needle from the king’s body. The king regained consciousness, and mistook the maid for his queen. When the real queen returned to the palace, she was made to serve as a maid.”
“However, Veeravati was true to her faith and religiously observed the Karva Chauth vrat . Once when the king was going to some other kingdom, he asked the real queen (now turned maid) if she wanted anything. The queen asked for a pair of identical dolls. The king obliged and the queen kept singing a song ” Roli ki Goli ho gayi…… Goli ki Roli ho gayi ” (the queen has turned into a maid and the maid has turned into a queen).”
“On being asked by the king as to why did she keep repeating that song, Veeravati narrated the entire story. The king repented and restored the queen to her royal status. It was only the queen’s devotion and her faith that won her husband’s affection and the blessings of Goddess Parvati.”
Finally I could manage to have a glimpse of Moon in the cloudy skies of Bangalore…..thank god!! Broke my fast around 9pm and had a feast in dinner though was too damn tired, imagine a foodie with no thoughts of food and acutally no food the entire day
A day with no recipe post on my blog but just my karwa chauth preprations and now these memories!!