Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Legend of Karwa Chauth...By Premila Saxena

by Chitragupt Pariwar (Hum Kayasth) on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:47am
The Story Of Queen Veeravati

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful girl by the name of Veeravati. She was the only sister of her seven loving brothers, who married a king. On the occasion of her first Karva Chauth , she went to her parents' house. After sunrise, she observed a strict fast but she could not stand the rigors of fasting and was desperatly waiting for the moon to rise. The brothers were very disturbed watching the distress of their sister and decided to end her fast by deceiving her- so they reflected a mirror through Pipal tree leaves. Veeravati mistook it to be the moon and so she broke her fast and took food. However, the moment the queen ate her dinner, she received the news that her husband was seriously ill.

The Legend Of Mahabharata

The belief in this fast and its associated rituals goes back to the pre-Mahabharata times. Draupadi, too, is said to have observed this fast. Once Arjun went to the Nilgiris for penance and the rest of the Pandavas faced many problems in his absence. Draupadi, out of desperation, remembered Lord Krishna and asked for help. Lord Krishna reminded her that on an earlier occasion, when Goddess Parvati had sought Lord Shivas guidance under similar circumstances, she had been advised to observe the fast of Karva Chauth. Draupadi followed the instructions and observed the fast with all its rituals. Consequently, the Pandavas were able to overcome their problems. On this day, fasting women listen to Karva Chauth legends with rapt attention.  According to another legend, a woman named Karva was deeply devoted to her husband. One day while bathing, he was caught by a crocodile. Karva came running and bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn. She then went to Yama, the Lord of the death, and requested him to send the offending crocodile to hell. When Yama refused, she threatened to curse him. Afraid of the power of a devoted wife, Yama readily accepted and sent the crocodile to Yamalok or hell, and blessed Karva's husband with long life.

The Legend Of Karva

Soon after she rushed to her husband's palace and on the way, she met Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati. Parvati informed her that the king had died because the queen had broken her fast by watching a false moon. However, when the queen asked her for forgiveness, the goddess granted her the boon that the king would be revived. But to achieve this, she would have to undertake the Karva Chauth fast under strict rituals, then only her husband would regain life. She abided and thus, by strictly following all the rituals of Karva chauth, queen Veeravati relivened her husband.

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