Karva Chauth fasting symbolizes women purity, being grounded and calm. According to the ancient Hindu scriptures the will power and shraddha (faith, love, reverence, devotion, passion) of the woman can change the destiny of her husband.
Karva Chauth is a celebration of auspicious, joyous and happy state of womanhood. Hindus consider that women is a form of Shakti, the Mother Goddess, therefore lady of the house brings home prosperity in the form of Goddess Lakshmi. ( see Lakshmi worship). Karva Chauth celebrates marital status of every woman though Mother Goddess worldly objects - silk, henna, gold, silver, red bangles, sindhur ( red powder used on the front head of a married woman), flowers in the hair, ittar, sweet offerings, incense.
Mehndi or henna is widely used on the night before fasting. Henna is considered auspicious for married women and forms an important part of Karva Chauth. At the end of the fast is Ritual of honoring the Moon. Fasting women is eagerly awaits the rising Moon to culminate the prayers and fasting after seeking the Soma (Vedic ritual drink) of the Moon. Women is usually aware of the rising Moon timings, and eagerly waiting for it. But the woman must not look at the Moon directly. The Thali with the lit ghee lamp, earthen pot filled with water and sieve is taken for the worship . Some view the Moon through the sieve, others sighting its reflection in the Thali offer water and Arati to the Moon, seeking the grace of the Soma (Vedic ritual drink) to flow into womens live so she is able to nourish, nurture and cherish her family and everyone around her. Women then looks at her husbant through the same sieve and show respect by touching his feet. The fast is ended by taking the water offered to the Moon and then she goes on to taste the festive foods. Karva Chauth celebratioons means abundance, prosperity, harmony and happiness for the family.