It’s that time of the year when the spirit of love and sacrifice fill up our hearts! Adding to the light of festivities of Navratri and Durga Puja, Hindu women from most regions of India celebrate the auspicious occasion of Karva Chauth. Historically what was considered as a prayer for the long life of soldiers in the war, is today celebrated as a one-day festival that honors the pure bond of love in a marriage. On this day, married women from most parts of India observe a fast without food and water, also known as “nirjala” in Hinduism, from sunrise to moonrise for their beloved husbands. It is believed that the fast is observed by a wife for her husband’s safety and long life.
As per the Hindu lunisolar calendar, Karva Chauth falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the holy month of Kartik. Rejoiced with full vigor and enthusiasm, women celebrate this festival with utmost dedication and devotion by praying to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for their husbands’ longevity and good health. The auspicious celebrations begin right from the beginning of the day, women start the day by getting up early in the morning before sunrise and dressing up in their traditional attires and adorn their hands with beautiful Mehendi (A temporary henna tattoo) designs. After which they consume a pre-dawn meal known as ‘sargi’ after which is often prepared by their mothers-in-law before sunrise after which they can eat or drink again only after sighting the moon in the night. In the evening, the celebrations are followed by a gathering of women from all around who come together to read the story also known as the “Karva Chauth Katha” narrating the significance and purpose of the festival.
Finally, when all rituals are performed, the wait for the moon to rise begins, creating an environment of excitement for all the women who can then can break their fast. Once the moon is out in the sky, both husbands and wives perform the final steps of the ritual which include having to see the moon through a “chhalni” or sieve or to see the moon’s reflection on the water-filled vessel. Then they offer the “argya” to the moon to get the blessings and then see their husband’s face through the sieve only. Following which the husband feeds some sweets and water from the puja thali to the wife and hence breaks the fast. A grand feast enjoyed by the entire family marks the end of this beautiful festival.
The festival of Karva Chauth beautifully reflects the spirit of devotion and love. Adding more zest and delight to the celebrations, here are the Top 10 dishes you can enjoy this Karva Chauth:
- Feni: Considered as one of the most significant sweet dishes in the platter of “sargi” for Karva Chauth is Feni, which is a vermicelli pudding made with thin strands of vermicelli or soot feni.
- Pitha Recipe: This dish is the perfect dish to give you the much-needed energy for the day and is mostly included in “Sargi”. One of the healthiest dishes due to its high protein, carbohydrate, and fiber content, this snack can be prepared without the use of any oil.
- Halwa: Every Indian festival is incomplete without a hot plate of delicious halwa. Halwa can be prepared in several ways but the most suited kind for Karva Chauth is often the classic “Dry Fruit ka Halwa”. This all-time favorite dish is an instant hit for such celebrations. Its nutritional ingredients are enough to fuel up your entire day!
- Phirni: Getting its roots from Punjab, Phirni is a milk and rice dessert. This creamy and luscious dish is extremely easy to make and can keep your hunger pangs in control for a long time!
- Ladoo: Ladoos are ball-shaped sweets filled in with goodness of nuts, famous across the Indian subcontinent since time immemorial. Mostly prepared on festivals and religious occasions, this scrumptious dessert is often prepared as “prasad”. Pairing it with a glass of milk can give you an instant boost of energy and nutrients. These goodies are easy to preserve and can be relished whenever you want.
- Seviyan: Meethi Seviyan is a delicious and quick dessert that can be prepared in minutes giving you the perfect solution of your sugar craving. This famous dish originating from Pakistan is often made for many festive occasions as a quick sweet dish!
- Fruit Custard: Fruits make every dessert lively and fun! Mixed fruit custard makes for a dessert which not only makes for a healthy dish but is an easy recipe to nail with minimal ingredients. This iconic dessert is an all-time favorite amongst all age groups and should definitely in your “sargi” list.
- Mathri: This crispy delight is a must-have for this Karva Chauth season.Adding the perfect savory to your “sargi” platter this dish can easy to prepare and can be a quick solution for all your namkeen’ needs!
- Kheer: This exemplary Indian dessert is a dish that can never be missed during festivals. Infusing the goodness of rice and milk this quick recipe is simply irresistible to relish! Add in your favorite nuts and enjoy the succulent flavors!
So, what are you waiting for? Try out these delectable Karva Chauth Specials and give yourself a lip-smacking treat you definitely deserve!