Indian women celebrate Karva Chauth

Tue Oct 22 2013, 09:52 hrs
Married women across India have started with their fasting as they celebrate Karva Chauth to pray for the safety and long life of their husbands. Dressed in traditional attire with bangles and mehendi on their hands and the customary sindoor on their foreheads, women will stay away from food and water, from dawn till evening. They will break their fast after they see the moon.A woman shops for 'karve' for Karva Chauth celebrations in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Sumit Malhotra)
Married women across India have started with their fasting as they celebrate Karva Chauth to pray for the safety and long life of their husbands. Dressed in traditional attire with bangles and mehendi on their hands and the customary sindoor on their foreheads, women will stay away from food and water, from dawn till evening. They will break their fast after they see the moon.
A woman shops for 'karve' for Karva Chauth celebrations in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Sumit Malhotra)
In some cases women will eat their only meal of the day before sunrise which comprises seviyan, almonds, sweet and salty matthis, a sweet, fruits and a main course of their choice. A husband helps his wife to attending mobile call while she gets mehndi applied for Karva Chauth in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Jaipal Singh)
In some cases women will eat their only meal of the day before sunrise which comprises seviyan, almonds, sweet and salty matthis, a sweet, fruits and a main course of their choice.
A husband helps his wife to attending mobile call while she gets mehndi applied for Karva Chauth in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Jaipal Singh)
A newly married woman shows off her hands after applying mehendi for Karva Chauth in Amritsar. (IE Photo: Rana Simranjit Singh)
A newly married woman shows off her hands after applying mehendi for Karva Chauth in Amritsar. (IE Photo: Rana Simranjit Singh)
A special puja will be held in the afternoon in by women in which they sit together to hear the katha and pass puja thalis around while singing songs. (IE Photo: Jaipal Singh)
A special puja will be held in the afternoon in by women in which they sit together to hear the katha and pass puja thalis around while singing songs. (IE Photo: Jaipal Singh)
The markets have been buzzing with activity with women out for last-minute shopping. (IE Photo: Jaipal Singh)
The markets have been buzzing with activity with women out for last-minute shopping. (IE Photo: Jaipal Singh)
Women get mehendi applied for Karva Chauth in Ludhiana (IE Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
Women get mehendi applied for Karva Chauth in Ludhiana (IE Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
A husband takes care of hand bag and slippers as his wife gets the mehendi on the hands and feet for the Karva Chauth at Sarabah Nagar market in Ludhiana. (IE Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
A husband takes care of hand bag and slippers as his wife gets the mehendi on the hands and feet for the Karva Chauth at Sarabah Nagar market in Ludhiana. (IE Photo: Gurmeet Singh)
A married woman get mehendi applied on her hands for Karva Chauth in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Sumit Malhotra)
A married woman get mehendi applied on her hands for Karva Chauth in Chandigarh. (IE photo: Sumit Malhotra)
Women with mehendi on their hands ahead of Karva Chauth in Indore. (PTI)
Women with mehendi on their hands ahead of Karva Chauth in Indore. (PTI)
Women applying mehendi ahead of Karva Chauth in Indore. (PTI)
Women applying mehendi ahead of Karva Chauth in Indore. (PTI)

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