Karwa Chauth is less than a month away from us. So, most of us will be considering taking a Vrat to keep their loved ones safe. So, let us look into the proper way to how to do Pooja and take a Vrat in Karwa Chauth.
Many ladies look at the love of their significant others as Karwa Chauth depicts. It seems very romantic, yet pious way to pray for the family of Lord Shiva that may their loved ones be safe. The depiction of Karwa Chauth by cinemas and TV shows, however, try to distort the true mode of worship.
First, let’s see what Karwa Chauth is. It is a festival that coincides with the Sankashti Chaturthi. This is a fasting day observed for the Lord Ganesha Ji. At this point, we must clarify that all of the family of Lord Shiva (Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya) are worshipped on this day.
The fasting is done by only the females of the house. The fasting is done by them for the well-being and long life of the sons, grandsons and the husbands of the family. To sum things up, the females of the house fast to enlighten their Husbands and the legacy on this day.
Karwa Chauth is a very interesting topic. If you are looking towards having a Vrat on this day, then follow the statements as follows:
Sankalp | Karwa Chauth Vrat Vidhi
Women of the house take Sankalp on the day of Vrat. The Sankalp is a pledge that is recited for the well-being of the family. In the Sankalp, it is recited that no food or water will be consumed the whole day and the fast will be broken after the moon has been sighted.
There is a specific Mantra that is recited for the Sankalp. It is as follows:
I would observe the fasting of Karak Chaturthi for the well-being of the husband, sons, and grandsons and gain fixed wealth
As the Sankalp has been recited, the Vrat is now in place. Now, the woman that has pledged for the betterment of her loved ones will bear hunger and thirst for the whole day. Now, the Karwa Chauth proceeds towards the Pooja.
Karwa Chauth Pooja
The Pooja of the Karwa Chauth is focused to seek the blessings of the Goddess Parvati. Women draw a Goddess Gaura or Chauth Mata on the wall or use a printed image to worship Mata Ji. Both the Goddess Gaura and Chauth Mata are the representations of the Goddess Parvati. Pooja is done to gain enlightenment from Her.
According to the Vratraj, the best time for the Pooja worship falls after the sunset. This time is referred to as the Sandhya time. Hence, it is best if the Pooja is done after the sun has set.
The chants in the Parvati Pooja are recited as,
O beloved consort of Lord Shiva, please bestow a long life of the husband and beautiful sons to your women devotees.
After the Parvati Pooja has been done, the Goddess Gaura, Lord Shiva, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha are worshipped. The women usually perform the Pooja in a group and the story of Karwa Chauth Mahatamya is narrated.
After the Pooja, the Karwa is donated to the Brahmin or some eligible woman. The Karwa is filled with water or milk. Then, precious stones and coins are dropped into the liquid. Now, this mixture is donated to some Brahmin or Suhagan woman. The following Mantra is recited while donating the Karwa.
O milk filled Karwe with precious stones; I donate you so that my husband is long-lived.
Worship of the God Moon
After the Pooja, the women should wait for the moon to rise. Then, God Chandra should be worshipped and they should be broken. This is the perfect way to do the Karwa Chauth Vrat Vidhi. We pray for the best of the health and life of your loved ones in the family.