How to Prepare Karwa Chauth Thali
Karwa Chauth is an extremely important and significant day in the lives of most north Inidan married Hindu women. The customs involved in this festival revolves around the wellbeing of the husband. These devoted wives fast from sunrise till the moon comes out in the evening and then after performing a Puja they are fed the first bite by their husbands. The Karwa Chauth rituals primarily include the use of two thalis, one as the Sargi and the other as the Pooja ki thali. Here is all that you need to know about these two thalis.
Sargi Ki Thali
Sargi is the customary meal that the mother-in-law prepares for her daughter-in-law. This meal prepares the wife for the day long fast by providing her the nutritious balanced diet she shall be needing. The Sargi ki thali comprises of foods such as fruits, dry fruits, fried namkeen like mathris and/or parathas and sweets. Along with these, mother-in-laws often include some gifts and symbols of shagun like sarees, jewellery, sindoor etc. Giving and receiving the Sargi ki thali plays an integral role in strengthening the bond between these two women.
Pooja Ki Thali
The Pooja ki Thali is arranged by the wife. This has dry fruits, sweets, 1 diya (earthen lamp) and a small pot or glass of water. This thali is used during offering the prayers to Karwa mata. It is a an idol of a few inches and made of cow dung. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are also worshipped on this day. After the Puja, a senior married woman of the household reads out the story of Karwa Chauth to the rest of the women present and once the moon comes out after these rituals, the wives look at the moon through the sieve and then look at their husband. Often the pooja ki thali also contains some money which is not used in it but kept for giving it to the mother-in-law as Baya.