Regional names of karwa chauth:
A Hindu marriage introduces the privileges, rights and responsibilities of a husband and wife towards each other. In a traditional Hindu family, husband is the earner and the protector of the family whereas the various duties of a wife involves proper care, nurturing, education and continuity of cultural heritage of the family for future generations. There are various fast (Vrat) a Hindu married woman keep to show her respect and affection for her husband and at the same time pray to god for a healthy and prosperous marital life. Few of the important fasting days include:
Having an extraordinary observance rate among married Hindu women, the fast of Karwa Chouth is undertaken by married woman seeking the welfare and prosperity of their husbands.
The festival of Karwa Chouth is celebarated throughout North India in states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi and others.
Observed on Vata Poornima, the full moon day of Jyestha, Vat Savitri puja is a day to honor the Banyan tree and Savitri, the legendary chaste wife who fought with death to recover the life of her husband.
Region: Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Orissa.
The word for fasting i.e. Upavasa itself means to move near to the Supreme. The festival of Teej shows that women religiously participate in the rituals in order to achieve an effective marital life.
Region: Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.
Mahashivratri is a day to recall the legendary tale of the Shiv lingam and about the legends and beliefs associated with Shivratri. This is a festival for married women as well as unmarried girls looking for a perfect match.
Region: Throughout India (major states include Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Maharastra)
Gangaur festival is held about a fortnight after Holi in honor of Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Young girls, wend their way to the temple of Gauri (Parvati) for the ceremonial bath of the deity who is then bedecked with flowers.
Region: Rajasthan, Gujarat & Bengal
For the celebration of Varalakshmi Vratham pooja there is no restriction of caste and creed. Married women perform this pooja and get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for a happy and prosperous marriage.
Region: South India states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka
An extremely important festival for married women of southern region in India, Karadaiyan Nombu is known for its religious and philosophical connotations. Nonbu is to observe certain norms and offer our prayers accordingly.
Region: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.