NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 2, 2012 (Deccan Herald): Decked up in colorful traditional attire and jewelry and wearing henna designs on their hands, women across north India Friday celebrated Karva Chauth with a day-long fast for the long life of their husbands. Married women offer prayers to the goddess Gauri Mata before ending the fast in the evening. Many unmarried girls also keep the fast.
"As per custom, women must observe a daylong fast. Between 5 to 7 p.m. they should offer prayers to the deity Gauri Mata and offer prayers for the long life of their husbands," Ravinder Nagar, priest at Laxmi Narayan temple -- popularly known as Birla Mandir, said. The puja preparations include a picture of Gauri Mata, a karwa (earthenware pitcher containing water), cow dung cake, vermilion, the bayana thali (a plate full of savories and sweets) and gifts.
Most women wake up before sunrise to eat the traditional sargi, a sweet made of milk and semolina. They fast the whole day, with some women not even drinking water, till the moon rises. As dusk sets in, women gather on the terrace of their homes and worship the moon after it rises. They then break their fast by receiving the first morsel of food from their husbands. "This is a day to showcase unbound love not just our better-half. For me it is a day of love, bonding and togetherness, praying for the long life of my husband and sharing happiness is really exciting," Rama Sharma, working as a lab assistant, said.
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