Karwa Chauth is an important festival celebrated by Indian women for their husband’s eternal health and well-being. It is the festival when married women fast throughout the day without consuming any food and water and break only after they sight a moon. Women look at the moon and their husbands through a sieve and husbands offer water and sweet to their wife to break the fast. But have you ever wondered what is the story behind Karwa Chauth and why is it celebrated? Well, there are few legends associated with the festival and on the occasion of Karwa Chauth we list it for you.
Story of Veeravati
A long time ago, there lived a beautiful queen named Veeravati, the only sister of seven loving brothers. To celebrate her first Karwa Chauth after marriage she went to her parents’ house. After sunrise, she observed a strict fast but in the evening she couldn’t stand the rigors of fasting and was waiting for moonrise. Her brothers couldn’t bear to see the pain her sister went through and hence they decided to deceive her. They created a mirror in a peepal tree and Veeravati mistook it for the moon and broke her fast. The moment she broke her fast she received a message that her husband has passed away. She rushed to her husband’s palace and on the way met Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Parvati informed Veeravati that her husband passed away because she broke the fast after sighting a false moon. She asked for forgiveness and Parvati granted her a boon to bring back her dead husband. She was asked to observe the Karwa Chauth fast by following strict rituals and thus she was successful in bringing back her husband’s life.
Legend of Mahabharata
Once when Arjuna went to Nilgiri mountains for a penance the rest of the Pandavas faced a lot of problems due to his absence. Draupadi prayed to Lord Krishna and asked for his guidance. Lord Krishna narrated to her a story where Goddess Parvati under similar circumstances asked sought Lord Krishna for help and she was advised to observe the Karwa Chauth fast. Draupadi too observed the fast and followed all the rituals strictly and soon the Pandavas were able to get rid of all their problems.
Legend of Karva
A woman named Karwa was deeply in love with her husband and dedication towards him gave her spiritual power. One day while having a bath, her husband was attacked by a crocodile, Karwa came to his rescue and bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn. She approached Yama, the Lord of death to send the crocodile to hell. But when Yama refused she threatened him to curse and destroy him. Afraid of the curse, Yama sent the crocodile to hell and blessed Karva’s husband with long-life. Hence, the day is celebrated as Karwa Chauth.
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