Karva Chauth: A Devotional Love

Devotional Love: Devotional love is part of all relationship and devotional love is also part of every culture and religion. It is beyond gender, culture, religion, physical appearance, and materialistic greed…it is all about how one person is devoted and committed to another person he/she loves. Karva Chauth is one of the beautiful ways of expressing this love.

In Hinduism, we have often listened to stories of Savitri-Satyavan and Ram-Sita from our grand parents. Savitri fought and tricked Yama (the god of death) to bring back Satyavan, her beloved husband; and on other hand, Sri Ram moved mountains (Hanuman did it), crossed the ocean, and fought a battle for Sita, his beloved wife. Sri Ram was a prince and he could have easily gotten another wife. However, he loved and committed to his wife (unlike what few project him).

Even today, the love story of Radha and Krishna are revered. Most of us hardly remember Rukamini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra and Lakshmana etc, Sri Krishna’s wives.

#KarvaChauth is all about remembering and cherishing this unconditional love for each other…and praying for wellbeing of husband.

Traditionally, Karva Chauth was mostly celebrated in North western parts of India, now it is celebrated all over the nation. It was celebrated during October/November, which was often coincided with military campaigns and wheat-sowing time. Women would pray for the safe return of men from military assignments, and good crop to bring overall prosperity at home.

P.S.: Expecting a gift in exchange of vrat (fasting) or prayers is not a devotional love. On other hand, fail to acknowledge or appreciate beloved wife/fiancee’ love during fasting is also not a devotional love. 🙂

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