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Karwa Chauth 2018: Here’s why women see their husbands through a Chhalani

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Today is the most auspicious day for married women in India and it is called Karwa Chauth or Karva Chauth. On this day, women observe a day-long (from sunrise to moonrise) fast and pray for their husband’s long life.

The festival falls on the fourth day after the full moon or Purnima, which is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu lunar calendar.

From sunrise till moonrise, she keeps a fast for the safety of her husband. Keeping a fast without drinking water and eating any food all through the day seems to be a difficult one but the doting wives perform all these with much love and respect in their head and heart for their loving husbands.

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The women wake up at sunrise and eat the sargi, which includes fruits, sweets, and sevvaiyan. Then they go on a day-long fast till the moon can be seen in the sky.

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At moonrise, women look through a chhalani at their husbands and break their fast and eat and drink water only after that.

But have you ever wondered why do women look at their husbands through a chhalani at Karva Chauth?

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There is a popular folklore behind it which revolves around the Queen Veervati.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful queen named Veervati who was the only sister among seven loving and caring brothers. In one of the Karwa Chauth she was at her parents place and began a strict fast after sunrise. In the evening she was waiting eagerly for the moonrise as she was suffering from hunger and thirst. The brothers were pained by seeing their sister in suffering. So, they created a mirror in a Pipal tree that made it look as if the Moon is up in the sky. she believed her brothers and broke the fast.

But the moment she took a morsel in her mouth, the family was informed by a servant that her husband was dead. She was heartbroken and wept all night long. Since she was not actually guilty, goddess appeared in front of her. When Veervati told the goddess about her story, the goddess asked her to observe a strict Karwa Chauth fast again for her husband. Veervati observed the fast again and worshipped the moon with a chhalani. Seeing this dedication, Yama, the god of death, was forced to bring her husband back to life and thus, the chhalani became an integral part of the festival of Karva Chauth.

There is another reason behind this tradition as well. It is believed that when a wife looks at her husband through the chhalani, all the ill-will and negative emotions are filtered through it, bringing bliss in the marital relationship.

One ancient story related with Karwa Chauth from the pages of the Mahabharata:

It is said that Draupadi also observed this Karwa Chauth. Once Arjuna, the one whom Darupadi loved the most went to the Nilgiri mountains for self-penalty and thus the rest of the brothers were facing challenges without him. Now, Draupadi remembered Lord Krishna in this situation to ask what should be done to resolve the challenges. Lord Krishna narrated a story of Goddess Parvati where in a similar situation she performed the Karwa Chauth rituals. So, Draupadi then followed the strict rituals of Karwa Chauth and Pandavas resolved their problems.

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US-based artiste gives ‘refreshing touch’ to India’s national anthem

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : Sparsh Shah, a 15-year-old singer, rapper and a motivational speaker from New Jersey, and singer-composer-producer Rohan Puntambekar have recreated a version of Indias national anthem, the “Jana Gana Mana”.

The new version of the song has been sung by Sparsh. The music has been produced by Rohan.

“Both me and Rohan were planning to do a musical collaboration. We met on Facetime and decided to start a music project around the Republic Day occasion. So, we brainstormed and came up with a recreated version of our national anthem and tried to give it a refreshing touch,” Sparsh said in a statement.

“We did the recording and video shooting via FaceTime, Skype and other modes. The entire process was simply amazing”.

Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disorder. But this didn’t stop him from dreaming big. He has already enthralled audiences across the globe with his inimitable singing and rapping.

He is a professionally trained singer in Hindustani classical and American vocal music.

“Sparsh is an exceptionally talented boy and at such a young age, he has become an international fame. This is my first collaboration with him and it’s a pleasure recording ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with him,” said Rohan.

“Jana Gana Mana” is Times Music’s exclusive release and is available across all the digital platforms.

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J&K: Two killed, many injured as bus falls into gorge near Ku Nallah

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Srinagar, Jan 24: At least two persons lost their lives and 28 were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Ramnagar-Udhampur road.

The incident took place near Ku Nallah.

More details awaited….

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Body of worker pulled out of Meghalaya mine

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Shillong, Jan 24: After more than a month, the body of a worker was extracted from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

A highly decomposed body was pulled to the water surface by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) and then taken out, a senior rescue official told news agency IANS.

The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village. Only five managed to escape.

The families of miners have said that they want the mortals to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order.

Coal mine accidents have been rampant in the mountainous state due to unscientific “rat hole mining” even after a National Green Tribunal imposed an interim ban in April 2014.

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