Karva Chauth is celebrated with much fanfare across India. Bollywood is big on Karva Chauth and we get to see actresses and star wives dressed in finery and celebrating the festival.
Karva Chauth is a fast that Indian women keep as they pray for their husband’s long life. While there is a blingy side to Bollywood on Karva Chauth, there is another side too. A Twinkle Khanna tweet sheds light on why Karva Chauth fails to meet its desired goal. In fact, the tweet has become a tradition of sorts.
As women dress up for Karva Chauth, these Bollywood celebrities are questioning ‘Why the patriarchy?’
The latest tweet from Twinkle Khanna came in 2017 wherein she put forward her views on Karva Chauth fasting. This is what she wrote: “Scientists studying longest-living mammals, bowhead whales found for a long life what is needed is a slow metabolism & not wives who fast:)”
Not only in 2017, but also in 2016 she took to Twitter and wrote, “These days by 40 u could be on the way to your 2nd marriage so what’s the point of fasting-don’t need the men to last that long anymore:)”
While there was no tweet in 2018, we wonder if there will be one in 2019. Well, let’s see what the future unfolds.
Karva Chauth Patriarchal Tradition
Indian society has come a long way. It now celebrates a woman’s right to have a choice, unlike the old times. But is the choice really hers? The idea of Karva Chauth’s fasting for one’s husband’s long life is tainted with a patriarchal vibe that is surrounded with reasons justifying it to contemporary times.
While Twinkle Khanna does not vouch for the whole concept of Karva Chauth, we have another Bollywood star who thinks the fast needs to work with modern times.
Ayushamann Khurrana stands against a patriarchal Karva Chauth
While taking a stand against the age-old patriarchal tradition, actor Ayushmann Khurrana shared a picture of his palm that featured his wife’s name written with Mehandi. And with that he won a million hearts on 2017’s Karva Chauth. As if that was not enough, he let the cat out of the bag and revealed that he has kept a fast for his wife too.
He wrote, “त से ताहिरा. Let’s celebrate equality and change this patriarchal tradition. Join her if u can’t dissuade her from fasting. #KarvaChauth”
Where does it come from?
Just like all Indian mythology stories, the story behind how Karva Chauth started is an interesting one. The story is centered around queen Veervati and her penance to keep her husband alive. “The legend goes that Veervati held innumerable fasts as a married woman while living at her parents’ home. She would begin fasting at sunrise and end it at moonrise. Her seven brothers couldn’t bear her condition. So, one day they tricked her into breaking the fast earlier. The moment she ate, word arrived that her husband was dead.”
Furthermore, the story flows, “Heartbroken, Veervati turned towards God to seek solace. Goddess Parvati appeared before her and suggested her to repeat the “Karva Chauth” with full devotion. This would bring her dead husband back to life. She held the fast. He came back to life.”
The mythological background of our present-day modern reality is strongly swen in our lives. In fact, it is proably the surest way to prove oneself right in an argument.
These Bollywood stars make one think about the patriarchal side of Karva Chauth. As we celebrate the auspicious festival, let’s not be blinded by faith.