Medicines can save the lives of the people, but according to strong believes in Hinduism, life of the people can be saved through sacred prayers and rituals. Then there comes a festival known as Karwa Chauth all around the India. The festival and fast of Karwa Chauth is celebrated each year by the hindu women in India in the regions of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
On Karwa Chauth the married women especially in northern India, fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands life.
Historically Karwa Chauthwas celebrated as a prayer for the long life of the soldiers in the war and by extension today refers to the long life of married man.
There is an ancient story which makes a good majority of Hindu women fast for a whole day every year in the month of October.
There was a beautiful Queen Veervati who had taken fast for her husband when he was in the war after their marriage, and decided to break the fast after the moon rise. She was at her parent’s home at that time. Her brothers don’t want her to starve for the whole day and was waiting for the moon to come soon, and they decided to trick her with the fake reflection of moon, so that she can have food after she broke the fast. Veervati got tricked very easily and broke her fast. Later she got the news, that her husband got died in the war. She felt betrayed by her brothers and blamed herself for her husband’s death. Later with her prayers she forced god to come in front of her, then god suggested her to keep that fast again with the same rituals. Her husband got his life back after the completion of her fast.
Later Indian women’s started keeping fast for the soldier husbands who was out for the far living their family behind. So to protect their life and to give longevity to their life, women started keeping Karwa Chauth fast for their husband.
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