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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).

For an article on maximizing spiritual benefits during Kārtik maas (month), click here.

Image © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas – Lord Kārttikēya statue at the foot of the staircase entrance to the Batu caves, Gombak Selangor, Malaysia.

The basis of Karva Chauth

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.

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.

  • Participating in the karva chauth festival heals a special energy exchange between husband and wife. The sexual act between man and woman involves the man giving subtle genetic energy—a portion of his accumulated karmic bank balance and his life-force energy to the woman, who stores these in the aura of the womb.
  • During impregnation, a part of this energy is transferred to the fetus and eventually helps in creating the destiny the child will experience. In recognition of this observed reality, the Vedic garbhodaan sanskaar ceremony for conceiving good progeny is enshrined as one of the 16 sacred investiture ceremonies of the Vedic culture meant for developing a highly evolved, intelligent and civilized race of human beings. (Here is an easy to understand explanation of the garbhodaan sanskaar at ‘Hinduism for Kids’).
  • As part of the genetic wealth transferred to the wife during the sexual act, the husband also transfers a portion of his health and length of life energy. On the fourth day of the dark fortnight of the moon in the month of Kārtik, where the wife undertakes the chauth fast and ceremony, it restores the husband’s health and duration of life energy at the red colored root chakra–the mooladhaar chakra.
  • In short, the procedure is done for the enhancement of the long and healthy life of the husband. Once a year, the wife returns to the husband his life force through the karva chauth ceremony invoking the various administrator demigods and universal life energies.
  • The energies are mainly orange and red and some are pearl white.

The method

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.

Prayers, invocations 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.

As the governing deity of seminal energy, the moon has an orange radiance in it’s aura that governs the svadisthaan, or hara chakra in the body—the place of the sex chakras and false ego-self. (The sacral plexus). This chakra’s vibrational energy signature is orange in color.
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.

To Drik Panchang’s Karva Chauth page