New Delhi, October 17: The women inmates of the Tihar Jail in Delhi queued up in the jail’s beauty parlour on Wednesday to get decked up for the auspicious occasion of Karwa Chauth 2019. According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, the inmates of the Tihar Jail, Asia's biggest prison, were all excited for Karva Chauth as the festival is set to be marked with great zeal this time. While married women across India and the world observe a day-long fast and celebrate the holy festival, female inmates of the jail are also set to mark the festival in the similar manner inside the jail premises. Karwa Chauth 2019 Date and Puja Timings: Karva Chauth Significance, Puja Vidhi And Celebrations.
The Mumbai Mirror report quotes prison authorities saying that a number of male inmates have expressed their desire to observe the Karwa Chauth fast this year. Also, more than 200 female inmates will observe the fast on Thursday. The officials informed that most of the women inmates will be dressed up in traditional Indian attires as prison authorities have allowed them to get their wedding dresses and sarees from their homes. The report further adds that the main event of Karwa Chauth 2019 will be observed in Women's Jail number 6.
This is for the first time that a grand ceremony has been organised in the park area to break the fast after moon-rise. The report further informs that the female inmates will break their fast by seeing their husband’s photo. However, the sieve (Channi), which is generally used to look at the moon as per tradition, will not be allowed in the prison for security reasons. Several unmarried and foreign inmates are also observing the fast. The report further adds that a Muslim woman inmate, who plays the role of Sita in the prison's Ramleela, has decided to observe the Karwa Chauth fast this year.
Karva Chauth falls on the fourth day after the full moon in the month of Kartik, which corresponds to the Gregorian month of October. It is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in India and in countries abroad. Married women observe nirjal fast for the long life, health and prosperity of their husbands. The festival is especially celebrated in Delhi, Haryana, Rajashtan, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.