Yesterday was Karwa┬áChauth…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┬áChauth, it is a ritual of fasting which is observed by all married Hindu Women seeking for a long life and well-being┬áfor 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┬átoughest fast for females but it comes with a lot of excitement, females start planning about Karwa┬áChauth┬áin 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┬áfemales dress up┬áin bright colour sarees┬áwith mehandi┬áand 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┬áon my hands as I apply mehandi┬áonly on Karwa┬áChauth in the entire year.
Now about my mehandi┬áexperience┬áin 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”┬áin┬á the morning, it includes fruits, sweets,coconut and phenia┬á(made in milk), which is the ritual followed by me and many others….Sargi┬áand Baya are the most important gifting items in Karwachauth┬áwithout which the ritual is incomplete. Sargi is given by the mother in law to their daughter in-laws┬áand 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┬á and in few homes may be clothes (Saree)┬áalso….
In the┬áevening around 5 pm, pooja┬áthali is prepared and that is called the “BAYA”┬áwhich is given to the mother in law after performing┬áthe puja. This Baya contains few Mathris, Almonds and some┬ágifts etc. A┬ásmall pooja┬áto 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┬áand long life of┬átheir husbands. A small pitcher or Karva┬áwith some water is placed in┬áthe center. While the story is being narrated, ladies circulate their┬áBaya 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┬áVeeravati 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┬á-┬á “The Karwa Chauth Katha”
“A long long┬átime ago, there lived a beautiful princess by the┬áname of Veeravati. When she was of the marriageable age, Veeravati┬áwas┬ámarried to a king. On the occasion of the first Karva┬áChauth after her┬ámarriage, she went to her parentsÔÇÖ house.”
“After sunrise, she observed a strict fast. However, the queen was┬átoo delicate and couldnÔÇÖt stand the rigours of fasting. By evening,┬áVeeravati was too weak, and fainted. Now, the┬á┬á queen had seven brothers┬áwho loved her dearly. They couldnÔÇÖt stand the plight of their┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her. They made a fire at┬áthe nearby hill and asked their sister to see the glow. They assured her┬áthat it was the moonlight and since the moon had risen, she could break┬áher fast.”
“However, the moment the gullible queen ate her dinner, she received the news that her husband, the king, was dead. The queen was┬áheartbroken and rushed to her husbandÔÇÖs palace. On the way, she met┬áLord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed her that┬áthe king had died because the queen had broken her fast by watching a┬áfalse moon.┬á However, when the queen asked her for forgiveness, the┬ágoddess 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┬áunconscious with hundreds of needles inserted in his body. Each day, the┬áqueen managed to remove one needle from the kingÔÇÖs body. Next year, on the day of Karva┬áChauth, only one needle remained embedded in the┬ábody of the unconscious king.”
“The queen observed a strict fast that day and when she went to┬áthe market to buy the karva┬áfor the puja , her maid removed the┬áremaining needle from the kingÔÇÖs body. The king regained┬áconsciousness, and mistook the maid for his queen. When the real queen┬áreturned to the palace, she was made to serve as a maid.”
“However, Veeravati┬áwas true to her faith and religiously observed┬áthe Karva┬áChauth┬ávrat┬á. Once when the king was going to some other┬á kingdom, he asked the real queen (now turned maid) if she wanted┬á┬áanything. The queen asked for a pair of identical dolls. The king┬á┬áobliged and the queen kept singing a song ” Roli┬áki Goli┬áho gayi…… Goli┬áki Roli┬áho gayi ” (the queen has turned into a maid and the┬ámaid has turned into a queen).”
“On being asked by the king as to why did she keep repeating that┬ásong, Veeravati narrated the entire story. The king repented and┬árestored the queen to her royal status. It was only the queenÔÇÖs┬ádevotion and her faith that won her husbandÔÇÖs affection and the┬áblessings 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┬áwith no thoughts of food and acutally no food┬á the entire day
A day with no recipe post on my blog but just my karwa┬áchauth┬ápreprations and now these memories!!