of Karva Chauth
Story Of Queen Veeravati
A long long time ago, there lived a beautiful girl
by the name of Veeravati. She was the only sister of her seven loving
brothers, who was married to a king. On the occasion of the first
Karva Chauth after her marriage, she went to her parents' house.
After sunrise, she observed a strict fast. However, the queen couldn't
stand the rigors of fasting and was desperatly waiting for the moon
to rise. The seven brothers who loved her dearly, were very disturbed
watching the distress of their sister and decided to end her fast
by deceiving her. Then the brothers reflected a mirror through Pipal
tree leaves. The sister, taken it as moon rise, broke the fast and
took food. However, the moment the queen ate her dinner, she received
the news that her husband, the king, was seriously ill.
queen 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 come top
life. Thus, by strictly following all the rituals of Karva chauth,
queen Veeravati relivened her husband.
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.
Story Of Satyavan and Savitri
There is the story of the Satyavan and Savitri. When Lord Yama,
came to procure Satyavan's soul, Savitri begged him to grant him
life. When he refused, she stopped eating and drinking and Yamraj
finally relented. He granted her, her husband's life. To this day,
Karva Chauth is celebrated with great faith and belief.
Legend Of Karva
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.