Karva Chauth secrets revealed--The longevity energy secret for men that lies behind this one day festival celebrated on the 4th day (chauth) of the waning moon in the month of Damodara or Kārtik (October-November).
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The festival of karva chauth falls on the fourth day of the dark fortnight of the moon in the Vedic month of Kārtik. The month is named after the philosopher-warrior commander-in-chief of the armies of the universal administrators of the universes, or the devas--Kārttikēya. He is one of the sons of their Lordships Shiva and Pārvati who are the embodiment of the generative, procreative energies of the universe.
Lord Ganesha is another son of Shiva and Pārvati, who is invoked before all auspicious acts and also before all vedic yajnas and ceremonies.
Image © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas - Lord Kārttikēya statue at the foot of the staircase entrance to the Batu caves, Gombak Selangor, Malaysia.
As is with other festivals that are a part of the cultural Vedic tradition, this too was designed by the sages, the rishis, for the benefit of the people, based on subtle karmic energy reasons. The rishis were masters of understanding accurately how the universe works and how karmic consequences impact people and society. The month of Kārtik represents the red Martian energies of the root chakra and the very life-force itself.
The karva chauth festival involves the wife fasting from sunrise to moonrise on the fourth day of Kārtik. When the moon is seen, the special ceremony is done.
It involves the lighting of a lamp in the shape of a karva, a clay pot, symbolic of the womb, which is then offered in various ways in the ceremony in the husband's presence.
and offerings are made to the moon (the lord of seminal and vital
energies), the elements and the various directions and the husband,
with various paraphernalia. The
ceremony also invokes Lord Shiva and Sri Parvati, an ideal couple, and special guardians
of the universe. This ceremony acknowledges Lord Shiva's special role in holding the moon on
his head. Sri Ganesha and Sri Kārttikēya are also invoked on Karva Chauth.
Many purposes are served by the karva chauth fast, including the reciprocation of generosity between husband and wife. Where there is deeper knowledge about this particular ceremony, it highlights the generosity of sacrifice and the spirit of service. It also serves to enhance love and affection between husband and wife.
For an article on maximizing spiritual benefits during the month of Kārtik or Damodara (October-November), click here.