Last Updated on 23 October 2021, 4:38 PM IST: Karva Chauth is celebrated as one of the most auspicious days of keeping fast by married/unmarried Hindu women. Married women keep this fast to pray to God to increase the lifespan of their husband. This blog has detailed information about Karva Chauth 2021, its ritual, beginning time, ending time, Sargi, the way to increase the human lifespan, and how to strengthen the most important bond that exists between the human soul and its Creator. Read on to realize whether keeping Karva Chauth fast is actually meaningful or not.
Karva Chauth Meaning
“Karva” is the Hindi synonym of the word Pot and “Chauth” means fourth. On this day fast is kept, mostly by Hindu women in western and northern parts of India. This fast is said to symbolize love, dedication, and the creation of a strong bond between husband and wife which is just a belief.
Karva Chauth 2021 Date and Timing in India
Karva Chauth 2021: According to the Hindu calendar, this day falls on the fourth day after Kartik Purnima. This month, Karva Chauth will be celebrated on Sunday, 24th October 2021. On this day, married/unmarried Hindu women keep a day-long fast for the well-being and longevity of their better halves, i.e. their husbands.
Usually, the fast begins around 4 o’clock, before sunrise in the morning, and is completed after the moon sighting at night. Generally, women break the fast after seeing the moon and their husband, and have food & water only after offering prayers to the moon for the longevity of their husbands’ lives. We shall discuss if this does help in anything or not.
Ritual of Karva Chauth 2021
Based on the prevailing beliefs, the married women observe the fast to pray for the long life of the husband and unbroken good luck. Their fast starts at dawn. Women keep fast, without even drinking a drop of water for the whole day, tormenting themselves ignorantly.
In the evening, all married ladies sit in the circle and pass each other Karva Chauth Thali and hear the Karva Chauth Story, which is not supported by any of our Holy Hindu Books like Vedas and Gita Ji. They break the fast only after offering water to the moon at night. This whole ritual is completely arbitrary and not based on our Holy Hindu Books.
Can Unmarried Girls Do Karva Chauth?
No. Even the married women should not keep this fast. It is unfortunate to see that unmarried women also keep fast on this day in the hope to get their desired life partner, a completely arbitrary way which is against our scriptures. However, the majority of them don’t wait for the moon to shine, instead they break their fast with just a quick look at the pole star. The truth is that God makes the couples; keeping fast does not make any couples.
Is Observing Karva Chauth Fast a Right Practice?
According to the popular belief, Karva Chauth Vrat (Fast) is not considered complete without hearing the Karva Chauth story. But is it the right practice of keeping fast and performing the rituals during Karva Chauth? The answer is a big NO.
Because people just go by hearsay stories, totally ignoring what is being written in our scriptures and following only what is being told to us by the society, priests and fake Gurus who are mostly money minters in present time, though they might be pious souls in past lives, unfortunately, they have no knowledge of “Tatvgyan”, which is essential to understand the actual plight of human souls in this Mrityu lok (perishable earth).
Keeping Fast Is Against the Will of God
Keeping fast is considered a wrong practice in our Holy scriptures (Gita Ji Chapter 6 Verse 16). After going through the following evidence and the sacred Speeches from Scriptures, it will be very clear that keeping fast is against the Will of God.
In Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ang 873, Guru Nanak Dev has said
Chhodeh ann karahi pakhand, Naa sohaagan naa ohi rand||
Translation: One who discards the grain/food, is practicing hypocrisy. She is neither a happy bride, nor will be a happy widow.
- Sant Gareeb Das Ji, whose Vaani is revered as the Sukshm Veda or the 5th Veda, mentions:
Kahe jo karava chauth kahaanee| Taas gadaharee nishchay jaanee||
Kare ekaadashee sanjam soee| Karava chauth gadaharee hoee||
Aathe saate kare kandooree|
So to bane neech ghar soori||
Aan dharm jo mann base, Koe karo nar-naar|
Gareeb Daas Jinda kahe, So jaasee narak dwaar||
Translation: Those women who narrate the Karva Chauth story will have to become a donkey in their next births. Even those who keep fast for Ekadashi and Karva Chauth fast will have to bear the life of a donkey and even a pig in their next births. Also, those men and women who are not doing the true scripture-based worship and are blindly following hearsay trends and going against scriptures will be destined to hell.
- Supreme God ‘Kabir Saheb’ has said in His Vaani as mentioned here:
Ram Naam chhad ke, Rakhai karva chauth|
So hovegi sukri, Tinhai Ram so kauth||
Translation : Those women who observe Karva Chauth and are far away from the real name of God, after death will become pigs in their next birth. Just ponder over it, keeping the fast once will make the person go through such sufferings and punishments. Where have the intelligent minds gone now, why don’t they look at the karmic retribution of their actions?
This is the only time to open your eyes, otherwise you will continue to fall in the cycle of death and birth.
What Are the Real Sixteen Adornments According to Scripture-Based Worship?
The Solah (Sixteen) Shringar (makeup) done by married women is just a way to show-off the outer beauty, which is fleeting and time-bound. What one needs is the nourishment of the soul to attain the inner beauty of the soul, which is the only way to please God. In order to attain Eternal devotion of the Supreme God, a devotee must attain these sixteen qualities as mentioned below, by virtue of which God will take the soul under His refuge and protect from all harms, and help attain Salvation (Moksha):
- Have True Spiritual knowledge/ Tatvgyan
- Exercise discretion to sift right from wrong
- True Speech
- Remain satisfied with God’s will
- Do ardent devotion and have soft speech
- Keep patience, not rush for results for your hard work and Bhakti; keep faith in the Words of God
- Don’t cheat anyone
- Be compassionate
- Forgive all, even the enemies
- Be modest, shed the Ego
- Do bhakti with devotion, keeping the purpose of attaining Moksh, not to get worldly benefits
- The spirit of renunciation towards this fleeting world is very essential
- Consider the world to be destructive and your life is temporary, always have a special affection for the Supreme, for attaining salvation/ Moksh.
- Peaceful existence is a special quality of any devotee, which is also mandatory.
- Offering Sat bhakti to the Supreme, to make human life successful in true spiritual terms.
- Treat everyone as a friend.
What Is the Best Thing One Can Start Doing on Karva Chauth?
On Karva Chauth 2021, married women receive gifts from their in-laws and husbands as a token of love and prosperity. Instead of keeping such fasts for the safety and well-being of each other, the couple should imbibe the above mentioned sixteen qualities and start doing SatBhakti of Supreme Lord Kabir Saheb Ji. When both husband-wife and other family members would start worshipping according to the scriptures instead of following the wrong way of worship, then God will become the caretaker of their family.
At present Tatvdarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the only Authorized Guru, who can endow us with this precious gift of True Bhakti of the Supreme God Kabir Saheb. By giving evidence from our Holy Scriptures, He is strengthening our faith and prodding us to shed all hypocrisy which is taking us away from our Creator, not near Him. Being in the Shelter of True Guru and getting Name Initiation from Him and offering true Bhakti at the Charan-Kamal/Lotus-Feet of the Guru and the Supreme, God will protect us from any mishappening and will also provide us the only true way to attain the Supreme peace, i.e. attain Poorn Moksh/Complete Salvation.
Supreme Kabir Saheb Himself says in His Sacred Speech:
Masa ghate na til badhe, Vidhna likhe jo lekh|
Sacha Satguru met kar, Upar maar de mekh||
Translation: Only a True enlightened Guru can transform the predestined Karma of the devotee. He can even bring His devotee back from the death bed because the True Guru is the Incarnation of the Supreme God Himself.
Evidence From Holy Vedas and Bhagwat Geeta for the Above
- It is clearly mentioned in the Holy Rigved, Mandal 10, Sukt 161, Mantra 2 that God can increase the life span of His devotee and can bring him back from the clutches of death.
- Yajurved Adhyay 8, Mantra 13 mentions that God can forgive the deadliest of our sins of the current and the previous births as well. Thus, we can truly understand that only worshipping Supreme Kabir Saheb can give us worldly benefits, fulfill our desires during this lifetime, and also, grant us, deluded souls, the real benefit of True bhakti which is to attain Salvation/Moksha.
- As per Holy Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta chapter 16, shloka 23-24, those devotees who are doing worship opposite to the Holy Scriptures, will neither attain Salvation/Moksh nor any worldly benefits and thus it is totally useless.
- As per Holy Geeta chapter 6:16, the devotion of such kinds of devotees cannot be successful – who eat a lot or don’t eat at all (i.e. fasting or vrat), and, who sleep a lot or who don’t sleep at all. Hence proved that any sort of fasting is forbidden and is against the scriptures.
Based on the above-written knowledge of Karma and True Bhakti, our readers will be able to conclude that we are doing worship opposite to injunctions of our own Holy Scriptures by observing Karva Chauth. We ought to abide by our scriptures to get rid of the cycles of birth and death and 84 lakh yonis (birth in different life forms). Take Refuge in Jagat Guru Sant Rampal Ji to salvage your soul from the illusions and delusions of this Mayajaal created by merciless Kaal Niranjan, and finally attain Moksha (Salvation) in this lifetime. For making this life meaningful and leaving an arbitrary way of worship, please read the Sacred Book Gyan Ganga.