New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Karwa Chauth is an annual festival that is celebrated by married women in India especially in the northern part of the country. On this day, women in India keep fast for the ‘safety’ and ‘longevity’ of their husbands.  

The meaning of Karwa Chauth is offering Argya to the moon using an earthen pot known as Karwa on the Chaturthi of the Karthika month. It falls on the fourth day of the dark fortnight in the Kartika month every year.

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This year it will be celebrated on October 17, 2019, that is Thursday. The timings, however, will depend on the timing of the moonrise and therefore it will differ as different cities across India.

Why we celebrate Karwa Chauth?

Earlier, men across north India were soldiers or military officials. So for the ‘longevity’ and ‘safety’ of their husbands, women across north India keep a fast. The time of Karwa Chauth coincides with the initiation of the Rabi cropping season which is the wheat sowing season in these aforementioned areas.  

Legend of Mahabharat:

The origin of Karwa Chauth can be traced back to Mahabharata. It is said that Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, used to keep fast for the safety of her husbands after Lord Krishna advised her to observe a strict fast just like Goddess Parvati did for her husband Shiva’s safety.

Date and Timings:

Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat – 05:46 PM to 07:02 PM

Duration – 01 Hour 16 Mins

Karwa Chauth Upavasa Time – 06:27 AM to 08:16 PM

Duration – 13 Hours 50 Mins  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma