wives celebrating for husbands' longevity

Bijoy Misra bmisra at husc.harvard.edu
Fri Mar 7 23:53:23 UTC 1997

In Orissa, the Kartika lamps on the river are floated to
commemorate the voyage of the traders to the Pacific
islands.  I understand similar lamp festivals are celebrated
in Thailand and neigboring areas on Kartika Purnami day,
which possibly signifies the return journey.  Most likely
the travel was between November and April because of
the weather conditions.

On Fri, 7 Mar 1997, Sreenivasa S. S. Nittala wrote:

> Dr. Kalyanaraman wrote :
> >Hi,
> >A ceremial fast is observed by women when the sun passes from aquarius to pisces, praying
> >for the longevity of their husbands (the confluence of maaci and panguni  or maagha and phalguna >months). This is the Tamil tradition. This is called kAraTai-y-aan-nOnbu. In Skt. karaTa connotes a royal >dynasty.
> >Are there similar festivals observed in other parts of Indian subcontinent?
> >Regards, Kalyanaraman.
> ===========================================
> Yes similar tradition is prevelant in other parts as well. 
> In Andhra Pradesh, it is observed on Kaartika Paurnami (The women perform some rituals and then lit lamps which are floated in river waters -- "Kaartika Deepam".). The purpose is the same : praying for the longevity of their husbands.
> In north India, this is celebrated as "Karua Chauth". The rituals are somewhat similar.
> I am not sure about the time when this festival is observed. Of course keeping a fast on the day is a common practice for the women.
> Thanks & Regards,
> N. S. S. Sharma

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