Karwa Chauth Vrat Katha
“Many years ago there lived a beautiful princess called Veeravati. When she became of a marriageable age she was married to a king. On the Karwa Chauth festival after her marriage Veeravati decided to meet her parents. After the sunrise she kept a strict fast. The queen was very delicate and she could not keep the fast.
By the evening Veeravati fainted. Veeravati had seven brothers. The brothers decided that they should do something. They cannot let their sister suffer like this. So they went to the nearby hill and lighted a huge fire. They told Veeravati that the fire was the moon and as the moon was up she could break her fast. Veeravati had food as she was convinced. As soon as she finished the food she got the news that her husband was dead.
Veeravati rushed to her palace as soon as she heard the news. On the way she met lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. They told her that her husband died as Veeravati broke her fast seeing a false moon. Veeravati begged for forgiveness. Lord Parvati then told her that she will get back her husband but he will not be healthy. When Veeravati came back to the palace she saw that her husband was unconscious and had many needles in his body. She was told to remove one needle a day.
Veeravati did exactly so. Next year on the Karwa Chauth festival day only one needle was remaining on the body of the king. Veeravati decided that she will remove it only in the evening. Veeravati did keep the fast. She went to the market to buy all the items that were needed for the Karwa Chauth puja. When she returned she saw that her maid had removed the last needle and the king was conscious. The king mistook the maid for Veeravati. So she was made the maid and the maid was living like the queen.
Veeravati kept doing all that was expected from her as a maid. The king was very pleased with her service. One day the king was going to the nearby kingdom. He asked Veeravati what she wanted. She told him that she wanted a pair of identical dolls. The king gave the dolls to her Veeravati as promised. After getting the dolls Veeravati kept singing “the queen has turned into maid and the maid has turned into queen”.
The king heard her singing this song and asked her what the matter was. Veeravati then told him what happened and how the role exchange resulted. The king felt very upset at what he had done and he asked Veeravati to forgive him. The king gave Veeravati back the royal position that she deserved. It was the sole dedication and love of Veeravati that she could get her husband back.
This is the katha of the Karwa Chauth festival that is read out by the eldest woman in the gathering. Have a very happy and prosperous Karwa Chauth festival.