Significance Of Karva Chauth And Perfect Way To Get Ready For It
My Mehndi, Bengals, Bindi, Jewels and deep roseate dress get me ready for the most auspicious fast, Karva Chauth. Yes, this is what every married woman feels like because this fast is not just about not eating for that day but it’s a celebration of their love and care. She keeps fast and pray for the long and healthy life of her husband and in the evening gets ready like a mesmerising beautiful bride.
This fast is kept nine days before Diwali and is considered among the most important fast for married women. If you are a Bollywood movie buff then you must have heard of sargi, it treats specially prepared for this occasion by the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law. Sargi consists dry fruits, mathri, pheni and other eatables which the daughter-in-law has to eat in the early morning before the sunrise, it’s around 4 am. Then for the whole day she can’t eat anything. But instead of getting drowsy and fatigue, she starts preparing for the evening pooja. There are not many essentials required for this pooja, you must have a Karva (a clay pot), sindur, diya, mathari, sweet, moli, Karva Chauth story book and some other essentials which might vary from one place to another.
The most important preparation for this fast is beautifying her hands and feet with splendid designs of mehndi, and most of the ladies applies it a day before, as it’s a belief that the darker the hue of henna the more she is loved and cared by her husband. Ladies even go to the parlours and spa to rejuvenate their skin and look dazzling divine. Then in the evening she gets ready for the pooja and dresses like a bride. An essential part of her make up are, sindoor, bindi, kohl, mangal sutra, bangles, anklets, toe ring, lipstick and a gorgeous attire in roseate hue. Every lady doing this fast wants to look her best in the evening and many of them starts to search for perfect attire months back. Generally, ladies prefer to wear traditional dresses, such as saree, lehnga, suits with heavy work on them to get that perfect bridal look. Then finally, she goes for the pooja which starts with listening to the story of Veravati and her belief in Karva Chauth. Then they exchange their Karva seven times among the ladies sitting in a circle, the number of times exchanging the Karva might vary. Then with the moonrise they complete their pooja by looking at it and then to their husband through a sieve and a diya kept in it. Then finally she accomplishes her fast by taking a sip of water from her husband’s hand. After doing the pooja, she gifts Baya, a dress (generally, a saree) to her mother-in-law, for taking care helping her to complete her Karva Chauth fast.