Images of India : Women celebrate Karva Chauth…

karvaThe festival is celebrated by married Hindu women for the longevity and prosperity of their husbands. Women observe fast from dawn to dusk, ending it with the appearance of the moon. There are many legends attached to this festival. The tradition of observing the fast for one’s husband finds mention in the legend of Mahabharata, the tale of Queen Veervati, the legend of Karva and tale of Satyavan and Savitri. In all these tales, wives were able to change the destiny of their husbands by observing a strict fast with devotion. Whatever the legend behind this festival, the significance of fast by the wife shows her love and devotion and this selfless act has a positive effect on the marital relationship. Bollywood films have made Karva Chauth very popular among the young generation.