The tradition of ‘Karwa Chauth’ in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan is very different from rest of the country as even the wives of martyred soldiers celebrate the occasion here.
These strong-willed women say that though they are widows in the eyes of the society, it is because of their husbands that millions of women across the country are able to celebrate the occasion with such enthusiasm.
They thus keep the ‘Karwa Chauth’ vrat (fast) every year, so as to keep the memories of their husbands alive and do regular ‘moon pooja’ with a photograph of their martyred husbands.
In Jhunjhunu, one will find hundreds of brave soldiers wives who lost their husband for the country but keep this fast to honor their memories and in a way keep their husband alive.
One such village in Jhunjhunu is Village Danion, which houses many families of India’s martyrs.
Here, on the occasion of Karwa Chauth, soldier’s wives dress up like a newly married bride and follow every small detail that any married woman would follow this day, be it listening to the Karwa Chauth’s story or breaking their fast after looking at the moon.
According to these wives, as their husband sacrificed their lives for the country, they are ‘Amar‘ or immortal. They might not be physically present in this world, but for them they will forever live in their memories.
They thus vow to forever follow this ceremony and honor their memory.