Here is why women see their husbands through a ‘Chhalni’ on Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth is a festival for all the married Hindu woman across India who keeps fast for the long age of their husbands, this fast continues to be a day long without even having food or water. The festival of Karwa Chauth falls during the Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in the month of Kartik.

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The women wake up at sunrise to eat the Sargi which have fruits, sweets, and sevaiyaan. Then they keep a fast day long till they see the moon. After they see the moon in the sky they look it by a ‘Chhalni’ and after looking at the moon they look at their husbands through the same Chhalni. But have you ever wondered why they do so?

There is a popular folklore behind it which revolves around a young woman called Veervati:

Veervati who was to be married soon fasted on Karwa Chauth for her husband’s long life, but the young woman took ill because of not eating all day. Taking pity on her, her brothers lit a Diya behind a bush and told Veervati that the moon had finally risen so she could break her fast. Looking at the Diya and thinking it was the moon, the woman broke her fast. It is said that her husband died a few days later. When she got to know of her brothers’ deception she fasted again and worshipped the moon with a Chhalni. Miraculously, her husband was raised back to life. Thus, the Chhalni became an integral part of the festival of Karwa Chauth.

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

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