India is the land of festivals, fairs and fasts. One of the biggest fast (vrat) observed is Karwa Chauth or Karva Chauth wherein married women keep rigorous fast for their husbands. A day-long nirjala fast is performed keeping all the customs and rituals in mind and it is important to get the Karwa Chauth 2018 date as well as the time right. Karwa Chauth is celebrated four days after Purnima (a full moon) in the month of Kartika. This year, the Karva Chauth Vrat date is October 27, 2018, on Saturday. A highly popular festival, Karwa Chauth is not only observed by married women but also unmarried girls who happily keep the fast for an entire day from sunrise to moonrise. They break their fast after moon rises. With the exciting and colourful festival approaching fast, we will look at everything to know about Karva Chauth 2018 such as when to keep the fast, the moon rising time, shubh muhurat and puja vidhi along with Karva Chauth Vrat Katha in Hindi.

What is Karwa Chauth 2018 Date in India?

According to Hindu Lunisolar Calendar, Karwa Chauth is celebrated four days after Purnima (a full moon) in the Hindu month of Kartika. The one-day festival dates are not based on constellations but follow a lunisolar calendar, which accounts for all astronomical positions, especially positions of the moon used to decide important dates. Karwa Chauth dates in Gregorian calendar vary every year and this year it will fall on October 27, 2018.

Karwa Chauth Puja Subh Muhurat

According to Drik Panchang, Chaturthi Tithi will begin at 6.37 pm IST on October 27, and Chaturthi Tithi will end at 4.54pm IST next day on October 28. Karwa Chauth fasting is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturthi during Kartika month. For the women observing the fast, the Karwa Chauth Puja Shubh Muhurat is from 5.36 pm to 6.54 pm IST. You will get a duration of one hour and 17 minutes to perform the puja and listen to Karwa Chauth Vrat Katha.

What is Moonrise Time on Karwa Chauth Day?

The most talked-about topic of discussion on Karwa Chauth is most definitely the moon rise time. The suhagan observing the rigorous fast by totally abstaining from food and water can break the fast after seeing the moon through a sieve. According to Drik Panchang, Moonrise Time on Karwa Chauth Day is 8.00pm IST (it may vary).

Karwa Chauth is widely celebrated in northern states compared to southern parts of the country. Such has been the craze for the festival, it has become a part of popular culture. Despite the day-long fast, the ladies look forward to the celebrations that includes getting decked up in most beautiful traditional outfits. Makeup and beautifully-designed mehndi are an important part of the beauty regime.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Oct 26, 2018 08:12 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website