According to Drik Panchang, the fast of Karwa Chauth is done during Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the Hindu month of ‘Kartik ‘. The origin of Karwa Chauth can be traced back to the Mahabharata when Savitri begged the god of death Lord Yama for her husband’s soul. Another episode of the epic speaks of Pandavas and their wife Draupadi. It is said that Arjuna went to the Nilgiris to pray and meditate for a few days, worried for his safety Draupadi, asked for help from his friend Krishna. He advised her to observe a strict fast, just as the goddess Parvati did for the safety of her husband Shiva. Draupadi joined in, and soon Arjuna returned home safe and sound.
This year the festival will be celebrated on October 24. The fast is between 6:27 a.m. and 8:07 p.m. and the puja muhurat is from 5:43 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. Moonrise is expected any time after 8:07 p.m.
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The festival takes its name from ‘karva’ which means ‘earthen pots’ used to store wheat, and ‘chauth’ meaning the fourth day. Women buy new earthenware or karwa pots and decorate them with gifts such as bracelets, bindis and candy. They exchange their karwas with other married women and perform the rituals.
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