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October 14, 2011
Karva Chauth is a one-day festival which is held every year in North India and certain areas of Pakistan. This festival is observed by the Hindu and Sikh Women in Northern and Western India in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Gujarat. In 2011, this festival will be observed on October 15. Women of India celebrate Karva Chauth for the security and long life of their husbands. They perform fast from the break of the day till moonrise. On certain occasions, single women perform the fast to pray for their beloved fiancÚs or groom-to-bes.
Karva Chauth is observed on the fourth day following the full moon in the month of Kartik (during Krishna Paksha) according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar and this takes place after the Autumnal Equinox. The festival of Karva Chauth has a lot of significance in the Hindu women's life since during this occasion, they pray for their husbands' long life and safety. The festival is a sign of love and affection between a wife and a husband in contemporary North Indian society.
Women start getting ready for Karva Chauth one or two days beforehand by purchasing conventional ornaments, decorative items, shringar (toiletries) and articles required for the pooja like matthi, karwa diyas, embellished puja plate or thali, and henna. On the day of fasting, Punjabi women wake up to consume food and drink only prior to daybreak. In places like Chandigarh in Punjab, the festival is observed with a lot of zeal and women sing the Karva Chauth song seven times
Location of Chandigarh
Chandigarh is a Union Territory of India that serves as the capital for both the states of Haryana and Punjab. The name "Chandigarh" means "Fort of Chandi" and is derived from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Chandi in the city. Chandigarh was India's first planned city, designed by French architect Le Corbusier and is famous for its architecture and urban planning. Chandigarh is one of the cleanest cities in India and is often referred to as The City Beautiful.
Tourist Destinations in Chandigarh
Being a well planned, clean and organized city, Chandigarh is famous among tourists. There are many places worth visiting in Chandigarh, namely
Capitol Complex
The Open Hand
The Rock Garden
Sukhna Lake
Rose Garden
Temple of Goddess Chandi
Hotels and Accommodation in Chandigarh
Being a popular tourist destination, Chandigarh has many hotels and guest houses where visitors of the city can stay and enjoy their visit to the city.
How to Get to Chandigarh
Being a centrally locate city in North India, Chandigarh is a conveniently located city and there are many ways to get there.
Rail: The Chandigarh Railway Station is 8 kms away from the City Centre and is well connected to other parts of the country by trains like the Shatabdi Express and the Himalayan Queen.
Road: Chandigarh boasts of an excellent road network and National Highway NH 21 and 22 connect the city to the rest of the country. The highways are in perfect condition and the scenic beauty on either side makes it a pleasant journey.
Air: The Chandigarh airport is located 11 kms away from the city centre and is connected to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jammu and Amritsar through Air India.
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