Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Effect of Solar eclipse on this Diwali

Why are we all so hyped about Diwali?

On Diwali everybody gets into a festive mood. It is not because we have holidays during this period or that almost everybody has got  a bonus. It is not only the effect of presents and gifts that we receive and give. It is neither the joy of the get- to- gathers of family and friends that triggers the festive mood. But it is also the planetary positions that trigger the mind set everybody seems to enjoy.  Now let us see how.

On and around Diwali the Sun and the Moon are conjunct and placed in Libra (it's lord is Venus) in the Swati Nakshatra. Libra is the 7th house and has everything to do with partners in personal, social , business & professional life.  Beneficial rays from this Libran placed Sun and Moon are showered on the people. This  boosts harmony, love and happiness,  bringing an atmosphere of mutual cooperation, brotherhood and respect. This brings peace, happiness and enjoyment all around. People are willing to share things and to compromise. Making friends and finding friendly solutions seems to be easy at this time.
All this is the effect of Sun and Moon being placed in  "the balance sign"Libra.
The constellation which is housing Sun and Moon is Swati. The Lord of this  constellation is Rahu. This constellation tends to compromise easily and has an ability to accomplish difficult works easily. Thus we have a harmonious atmosphere full of happiness.

The results of this year's Diwali planetary position will be extremely positive or negative as in addition to Sun and moon being  conjunct there will also be present Mercury(Retrograde), Saturn and Rahu in Swati Nakshtra of Libra.

Solar Eclipse will occur on this Diwali. Solar Eclipse means less light and that the Sun gets debilitated, meaning the Sun becomes weak. With a weak Sun many problems are expected.  

Solar Eclipse causes ill-health, sudden loss of money or uncontrollable financial transactions, insomnia, disturbed mind  especially for people born in ascendants and moon signs of Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces.

People born under Ascendant and Moon sign of Libra and Swati Nakshatra are likely to be hit  the most  by this eclipse.

People who are presently passing through either Mahadasa or antardasa of Rahu will also be quite  affected.

Some people may have health problems especially those  who are passing through Mahadasa of  Sun or those  born with moon in Leo sign(Sun is the Lord) or in constellations of Krittika, Uttara Phalguni and Uttarashada.

Yet there are some people who are likely to benefit. Pisceans and Cancerians
 will be safe to a large extent and they can expect some sudden positive changes because of Jupiter’s aspect on the planetary combination in their case.

Similarly Leo born will have mixed results.

People born with Shapit (cursed) Yoga (conjunction of saturn-rahu or Rahu being in Capricorn/Aquarius or aspected by Saturn or both aspecting 1st/7th houses) in their personal horoscopes should avoid all major decisions in November 2013.

Solar eclipse will increase attention to material things and can result in overeating and overspending.  So be alert. Also it is advisable to avoid long distance travelling around this time  be very careful of fires and explosives (fire crackers and explosive bombs are controlled by Rahu).

So be careful  and enjoy the festive season. 
Note: Please feel free to ask if you need help or clarifications.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Festive Season of Diwali


It is Diwali time but we usually say it is the festive season. It is not without a reason that this time is called the festive season because we are going to be celebrating five festivals, one after the other. The festivals and their importance are given below

Dhanteras

The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodashi. Dhanteras is marked as a very significant day for all the people as it is the day of wealth and prosperity this will be celebrated on 1st November, 2013. Traditionally, this is a day for cleaning up homes and discarding all things old. Traditionally people buy some form of metal. It may be gold or silver or maybe even a utensil for their home. This is because it is believed as they that buying "Dhan" (asset) in some form of metal will bring luck and prosperity for the family. However cutlery is a no, no. All the things that are bought on this day are worshipped on the day of Diwali.
Businessmen perform Dhanteras puja by worshipping their "bahi-khatas" (accounts books).
A large diya is lighted in front of the main entrance of homes.
It is firmly believed that Dhanteras is celebrated in the adoration of the Lord of death “Yamraj”.

Narak Chaturdashi - Chhoti Diwali

After Dhanteras, the festival of Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated. This year it is falling on 2nd November. Narak Chaturdashi is also known as Chhoti Diwali or  Lakshmi Puja Amavasya. In fact, many of the people recognize this day with the name of Chhoti Diwali only. The main purpose of celebrating Narak Chaturdashi is to pay tribute to the victory of Lord Krishna over a devil named  Narakasur. On this day too, diyas and candles are lightened in the evening.

Diwali

This is the main day of celebration. Deepawali (Diwali) in 2013 is on November 3. People decorate their homes with beautiful lights, flowers, rangolis and other decorative items. Also, the homes are cleaned as Goddess Lakshmi is invited home by people on the day of Diwali. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits each home and blesses us with all the happiness.
There is a great deal of celebration throughout the day. People bring home Ganesh and Lakshmi idols. People visit each other and exchange gifts. In the evenings people perform Lakshmi puja after which diyas and candles are lighted. Young and old enjoy themselves by bursting crackers.
As we all know Diwali is celebrated to commemorate Ram’s return to Ayodhya .It is also symbolic of victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Annakut - Govardhan Puja – Kali Puja - Vishwakarma Puja

The next day of Diwali is celebrated in the name of various Gods and Goddess in different regions. Some people celebrate it as Annakut or Govardhan or Kali Puja or Vishwakarma Puja.
 Annakut refers to a special kind of dish prepared using a variety of vegetables. It is distributed as Prasad in temples along with puri, curry and rice.
In Bengal this day is celebrated as Kali Puja.
The mythology has it that Lord Krishna saved the people of his village from heavy rains by lifting a great mountain, the Govardhan parvat on his little finger on this day.  Govardhan puja is done in the honor of Nature and the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra devta. The enthusiasm of the festival can mainly be witnessed in the city of Mathura.
Vishwakarma Day is celebrated to worship Vishwakarma a Hindu god.
The festival is observed primarily in factories and industrial areas, often on the shop floor. Vishwakarma is known to be the divine engineer and the divine architect since the Puranic age. As a mark of reverence he is worshipped not only by the engineering and architectural community, but also by all professionals. Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers, and workers of all kinds worship Lord Vishwakarma on this day. They pray for a better future & safe working conditions and above all success in their respective fields. Workers also pray for the smooth functioning of tools and machines. It is customary for craftsmen to worship their tools in name of Lord Vishwakarma. Workers refrain from using the tools on this day.
Special statues and pictures of Lord Vishwakarma are normally installed in every workplace and factory. All workers gather in one common place and perform the puja.

Bhaiya Duj - Yama Dwitya

The last day of Diwali celebrations is celebrated as Bhaiya Duj or Yama Dwitya, which this year is on 5th November 2013. A special occasion for brothers and sisters. All the brothers are invited to the home of their sisters on the day of Bhai Dooj. It is a ritual to put a tilak on the forehead of the brother. Sisters pray for their brother’s long life & well being. In return brothers bless their sisters and give her a present with a promise to protect her forever.
 The festival of Bhai Dooj came into existence due to a promise made by the Lord Yam to his sister Yami. Yami invited Yam to her home to meet and gave him a grand welcome. Delighted with the warm welcome, Yam promised her that this day will be celebrated till eternity.
Thus ends the festival season of Diwali which is a blend of five festivals. Each of the five days is celebrated with great zeal.

A very happy Diwali festival to all of you.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Special Diwali tips as per your zodiac sign

Here are the tips for the rest of the six zodiac signs

Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Sanskrit Name: Tula
Lucky Color: Blue, Green 
Lucky Day: Friday 
Lucky Number: 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51, 60

People of this Zodiac sign are Kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. The Libra-born are attractive people. However, in their bid to please everyone, they can rarely say no to anyone, and as a result, end up stretching themselves.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:
1. For Prosperity – Paint the walls of your prayer room green
2. For Wealth -- Get up early on Diwali day. After a bath go to a Temple of Goddess Lakshmi and offer a coconut
3. If you are having problems with your loans and EMIs then on the night of Diwali keep a lotus flower at the feet of Goddess Lakshmi idol.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Sanskrit Name: Vrishschika 
Lucky Color: Scarlet, Red and Rust 
 Lucky Day: Tuesday 
 Lucky Number: 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90
People of this Zodiac sign are mysterious and strong willed. The Scorpio-born easily grab the limelight as they have what it takes to accomplish their goals. Besides, they possess a magnetic charm that draws people and attention to them.
Scorpians face a lot of problem in the early stages of life. However as you approach 28 yrs you rise so high that people watch spell bound.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:-
1. For Prosperity and success—get Puja Room or worshipping place painted white.
2. for Wealth—
(a)On Diwali along with Lama Puja you must worship your Guru.
(b)Recite (jaap) of your Guru mantra daily.

Sagittarius-- (November 22 – December 21)
Sanskrit Name: Dhanusha
Lucky Color: Violet, Purple, Red and Pink 
Lucky Day: Thursday 
 Lucky Number: 3, 12, 21, 30

People of this Zodiac sign are energetic and enthusiastic. Their optimism helps them carry on even in the most adverse situations. They are extroverts and friendly. They attract a lot of attention.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:-

1.      For Prosperity and success –Get your puja room painted in light blue.
2.      For Wealth --Take a pepal sapling to a temple and then plant it. And Later on you must take care of it.

Capricorn -- (December 22 – January 19)
Sanskrit Name: Makara
Lucky Color: Brown, Steel, Grey and Black 
 Lucky Day: Saturday 
 Lucky Number: 1, 4, 8, 10, 13, 17, 19, 22, 26

People of this Zodiac sign are sensitive, sensible and secure in their own space. They will take well-calculated risks to get what they want. Capricorns have great intelligence. They are patient and hardworking.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:-

1.      For Prosperity and success—Paint Puja Room or worshipping place green.
Note--You should say your prayer in a silent place.
2.      For share in Ancestral property-- Make a nail of peepal stem and nail it on the front door of your house.This will help wealth gain through inheritance.
3.      For wealth gain --Use aak cotton baati to light a diya.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Sanskrit Name: Kumbha
Lucky Color: Blue, Blue-green, Grey and Black 
 Lucky Day: Sunday and Saturday 
 Lucky Number: 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26

People of this Zodiac sign are strong and attractive individuals, who can think abstract and at the same time be practical as well. Aquarians are intuitive, independent and stubborn. They hate anything incomplete. They do not believe in emotional bondage.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:-
1.      For Prosperity--Get your worship room painted in white or light green
2.      For Wealth –Take roots of a banyan tree. Tie these with a cotton thread and Place these at the main door.
3.      For well being --Every Diwali night instead of Lakshmi puja, perform a jagran.

Pisces -- (February 19 – March 20)
Sanskrit Name: Meena
Lucky Color: Mauve, Lilac, Purple, Violet and Sea green 
Lucky Day: Thursdays and Monday 
Lucky Number: 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25, 30, 34, 43, 52

People of this Zodiac sign are generous and emotional .They are quite popular in their social circles for being a genuine friend to everyone. They do things with patience, care and love.

To make life happy for them it would be good for them to do the following:-

1.      For Prosperity – Get your prayer room painted red or white.
2.      Ending enmity-- on the night of Diwali write your enemies name with kapoor kajal and rub it off with your feet.
3.      For Wealth—Plant money plant in your house and also keep some Ganga jaal.


Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous Diwali.




Saturday, 26 October 2013

Special Diwali tips

Please Goddess Lakshmi  On This Diwali as per  Your Zodiac Sign

Aries(March 21 – April 19)
Sanskrit Name : Mesha |
Lucky Color :Scarlet Red 
 Lucky Day : Tuesday 
 Lucky Number : 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72

People of this zodiac sign  are strong, blunt and  ambitious They are not easily satisfied with  little in terms of education, finance or social living.

 To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following :-

1.  For Prosperity –(a) Paint the  walls  of prayer room  red.  This will result  in great progress.
       (b)Light  one oil diya and add two black gunja to the diya. Keep this diya at   the main entrance of your house on the day of dhanteras for prosperity .

2.  To get share of Ancestral property --Wear a chain(mala) made out of kamalgutta .

3.  For wealth -- On the night of Diwali ,take a piece of white cloth and paint it with  mixture  of chandan  and kesar. Spread this cloth in your safe or  the place where you keep all your wealth.

Taurus  (21st April to 21st May)
 Sanskrit Name : Vrishabha 
 Lucky Color :Blue and  Blue-Green 
 Lucky Day : Friday and Monday 
 Lucky Number : 6, 15, 24, 33, 42, 51

People of this Zodiac sign are Practical, stable and reliable. These  people  prefer to take each day as it comes and march towards their goals slowly but steadily. Their strength is in their stability, loyalty and dogged determination.

To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following .
1.  For Prosperity ---Paint the walls of puja room white

2.  For Savings – On  this Diwali worship lotus flower along with Lakshmi Ganesh puja .After the puja tie the lotus flower in a red cloth and Place it  in your safe or  the place where you keep all your wealth

3. For increasing  wealth and savings --If you are having problems with your loans and EMIs then worship Goddess Lakshmi and  adorn her idol  with a necklace made with kamalgutta .After the puja wrap the kamalgutta necklace in a red cloth and keep it in your safe or the place where you keep your money and valuables .

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Sanskrit Name : Mithun
Lucky Color :Orange, Lemon and  Yellow 
Lucky Day : Wednesday 
Lucky Number : 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50

Gemini symbolizes dual nature. People of this Zodiac sign  can turn unfavorable conditions to favorable ones using their common sense .By nature they are stubborn but  hard working.

To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following .

1.For Prosperity-- Paint the  place of worship in  light green  colour

2. For Wealth
(a)Worship a Dakshin varti shankh on this Diwali  and place it in your wealth area .
(b)If you are having problems with your loans and EMIs  then during lakshmi puja , adorn  idol of Ganesha with a turmeric(haldi) mala .After the worship wrap the turmeric mala in a green color  cloth  and then keep the wrapped mala in your safe or the place where you keep your money and valuables .

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Sanskrit Name : Karkataka
Lucky Color :Orange, White 
 Lucky Day : Monday, Thursday
Lucky Number : 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25

People of this Zodiac sign are quite complex and conservative.They are actually home loving people. They prefer to be in familiar surroundings . They can think out of the box and put their imagination to lot of good use . 

To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following :
1. For Prosperity –Paint  place of worship in  light green color
2. For Wealth –
(a)feed green fodder and green leafy vegetable to cows
(b)plant a money plant in your home
3. For increasing Savings – On this Diwali along with Lakshmi Ganesh Pujan also worship  lotus flower .    After worshiping, Tie the flower in red cloth and keep it in your safe or the place where you keep your money and valuables .

Leo(July 23 – August 22)
Sanskrit Name : Simha  
Lucky Color :Gold, Orange, White, Red 
 Lucky Day : Sunday 
 Lucky Number : 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22

People of this Zodiac sign are Warm, action-oriented and driven by the desire to be loved and admired. Leos are fearless, egoistic and courageous .They are against injustice and their this trait gets them a lot of fame among friends and relatives.
To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following :-
1.  For quick Success --Get your home painted blood red.
2. For  getting share in  ancestral property--  bury green moong dal on  a Wednesday
3.For Wealth-- place an oil/ghee Diya at your main door on the night of Diwali .The diya must be kept lit till early morning.

Virgo --August 23 – September 22)
Sanskrit Name : Kanya
Lucky Color :Orange, White, Grey, Yellow, Mushroom 
 Lucky Day : Wednesday 
 Lucky Number : 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50

People of  this Zodiac sign are quiet undemonstrative and introvert. Wise, witty and well spoken, the Virgos have a good understanding of human nature and can effectively help people solve their problems. 

To make  life happy  for them it would be good for them to do the following .
1.For Prosperity— (a)Paint   prayer room either white or light green
     (b)While performing the puja sit on a cushion or a seat covered with silk cloth.
     (c)On the day of dhanteras offer two kamalgutta in a temple of Goddess Lakshmi.

2.If you are having problems with your loans and EMIs then feed sweet rice to crows for three days till Diwali .

This is a two part article. Tips for the rest six Zodiac signs come tomorrow.
I hope the readers will find this information useful. Should you have any queries I will be happy to provide  further help and information.

Wishing everybody a very happy and a prosperous Diwali

Friday, 25 October 2013

VASTU And DIWALI


The season of festivals has begun in India and the most important festival Diwali-The Festival of Lights,  is round the corner. It is a festival of immense joy and celebrations.  Every body is getting ready for this important festival. People are busy  preparing  their homes and themselves for the special festivities and maybe these  Vastu tips are helpful.
And  it never hurts to do something the better way .
VASTU  And  DIWALI
Vastu, the science of placement, can be put to good use in your home and workplace on Diwali day to bring positivity inside. It will also aid you to receive the blessings of the reigning deities of this festival.
It will be noticed  that we have been following  these  principles of Vastu  all these years without even being aware of them, we have been doing all these things in the name of tradition !!
Cleaning  Up
Tide up Your place. It helps you to get rid of negativity.
Remember the old days when every house used to be white washed before Diwali!! It helps to clean up. White washing or getting a fresh paint coat also energizes  spaces.  How?
Firstly, we move things . And that may bring about the The Magic of 27--It is a good idea to make changes in the setting of the house, it gives a different feeling and it is believed that moving 27 things in the house helps good fortunes and fates. Well how to move 27 things, it may be quite difficult but every small item moved will be counted, even moving  the salt and peppershakers!!
Secondly  we are very likely to find many unwanted things and throw those out. Time and again vastu experts emphasis the importance of uncluttered place,be it home or office. Diwali is the time when we get new things, either we purchase or we receive gifts, so we need to have space for the new. Better get rid of the unwanted and useless things especially old magazines, crockery, furniture etc.
Decorating your house
●    Use diyas (earthen pots) with pure ghee for lighting the house. In case, this is not possible, linseed and mustard oils can be used. These oils have beneficial health affects and kill harmful germs and insects.
Avoid using  candles, as they only add to the pollution without any health benefits.
 Using electric lights avoids pollution, but it  has no health benefits. 
●    While  placing the diyas on  parapet and the boundary walls, they should be   in multiples of four. This is because  each diya represents the reigning deity of Diwali – Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh, Lord Kuber and Lord Indra  (you would not want to separate them!)
●  . Rangoli is a must on Diwali day  to welcome Goddess  Lakshmi.  Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor. In a traditional household, the lady of the house begins her daily chores by drawing lines of rangoli  in front of the puja room and the tulsi plant. This is said to purify lady and bestows her strength to remain lively and fresh throughout the complete day. So Make a rangoli  at or near the entrance of your  house. And if you also have a  puja room or puja space decorate it with Rangoli.
Ready to use  colors and ready made  designs are available in the markets, or you can  Use the traditional material for it, like sand or rice powder mixed with food coloring. This infuses positivity all around.
●    Another way to make the home environment positive is to place a crystal bowl filled with water and rose petals on the centre table of your drawing room. Float five diyas or candles in it and light them after  the sunset.
The Right way to invite Goddess Lakshmi
At the entrance to the house,in addition to Rangoli, make small footprints to symbolize the goddess’ entry into the house.
Place an image of Lakshmi and Ganesh on the front door. It  enhances positive energy and dispels negativity.
Another interesting d├ęcor idea as per vaastu is the display of colourful bandanwars or door hangings. The designs, colours, bells and mirrors used in making these door-hangings give your home a beautiful look as well as create the perfect ambience for attracting prosperity.
Fix Toran on the main door to bring in  good luck.
Marigold flowers and mango leaves tied to the frame of the main door represents nature's abundance and attract  good luck.
Refill your normal sugar reserves in the kitchen to ensure sweet days ahead.
Gifts
Distributing sweets is always treated to be auspicious. Then why not to give sweets with the gift items, so that even if some mistake is committed in giving the gifts then the malefic effects be reduced.
Do not give fire crackers in the shape of the gifts to the friends or the near ones. It is not good for them and the givers.
Do not give leather and cutlery sets  as gifts, because in certain cutlery items knives are there. It is not auspicious for both giver and takers. This is the festival of ties and love and knives work for cutting. It affects the relationship and or the health.
 Leather items are made of the dead animals’ skin and hence not treated to be auspicious. We have to give the encouraging life to the people belong to us in any way.
Plan your future during the auspicious and happy days.
Diwali is the ideal time to chalk out your financial goals for the year, or review them if required.
Vaastu suggests that you write down your wealth aspirations.
What Colors to  wear and gift
It would be better to avoid wearing black colours on  Diwali. Also avoid giving black colored clothes and other gift  items .
Wearing of Red, yellow, purple, white, cream, blue colours would add to the joy and cheers.

Of course, a Vastu expert can help obtain fuller Vastu benefits on Diwali, but above given  simple steps would certainly contribute towards bringing positivity in your household and bestow health, wealth and overall prosperity to all.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Rituals ,Traditions and the auspicious time for Karwa Chauth puja

Rituals and Traditions
The Karwa Chauth starts with the giving of SARGI by the mother-in-law to her daughter-in-law. If they live in different cities, usually money is sent as a token  but now a days with so many gift portals SARGI can be gifted online.
Gifting of Sargi is not a mere ritual. It is an important gesture between the two most important females in the life of a man—his mother and his wife. This ritual marks the binding of the  mother-in-law to her daughter-in-law and can be a strong string of emotion between the two. It is the blessing of a mother for her children .
Remember the movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum
I think the wisdom of this ritual has been really overlooked. Perhaps this ritual was to ensure  the happiness and  well being of a daughter-in-law/ wife  to   ensure the happiness of the man and his  family.
The Start Of The Day
On this day the women get up very early in the morning. They prepare the food. Although traditionally the mother-in-law gets the food ready but everybody gives a helping hand. And with the nuclear families in the big cities and for those who live in other countries, the husbands are known to help their wife’s.
After getting the food ready women bathe(head bath is a must) get ready and  the  rituals are started. It commences with the breaking of the coconut and  worship of  Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh, Kartikeya and the moon. The blessings of the Gods are invoked for longevity and prosperity of the husbands and the family.
Chaturthi Tithi Begins = 22.47 on 18/Oct/2016
Chaturthi Tithi Ends    = 19.32 on 19/Oct/2016
Dressing Up
In the evening, the women  cherish the joy of adorning bridal finery. The women wear clothes and jewelry as if it is marriage time. However it is essential to have a well decorated or embroided dupatta to cover the head  for the puja in the evening.
 Many times, the newly wed wear their wedding dress on this auspicious occasion,be it  be  the ghagra-choli or the heavy  Banarsi saris.

Evening Puja
Before evening, the married woman receives the baya or a basket full of goodies from her parents, which is meant for the mother-in-law. The basket contains sweets, mathadi, fruits and a gift…..anything  a sari, a shawl or even money.
 Before the sun sets, most of the women in a locality gather  at one place, preferable the local temple or in some  one’s  house and prepare a platform for the puja. This puja chowk is beautifully decorated . On this, the image of  Ambika Gauri Mata or Goddess Parvati is placed. In the olden days, this image was made of cow-dung.

The Process Of Puja
The women sit around this image with their bayas in the puja thali along with a  four sided Diya filled with ghee. The Diya is made with kneaded wheat  flour. Each woman also places a karva or a pitcher (a steel glass maybe used ) full of water in front of her.
 A red thread is tied around the karva or the pitcher or the glass.
 Sindor (Kumkum) tikka is applied to the karwa as well as to the Diya.
Then Rice is  applied to the Karwa.
 At the beginning of the puja, women apply the roli teeka to Goddess Gauri and also to themselves.
Sindor (Kumkum) is applied to the goddess .
With the thumb and the third finger of the right hand, water is sprinkled on the image of the goddess.
 Lastly, rice is showered on the  Goddess image. 

The essentials of this gathering is  listening of the Karwa chauth story
Every one lights an earthen lamp in their thalis while listening to the Karwa story.
Depending on region and community, a version of the story of Karwa Chauth is narrated, with regular pauses. The storyteller is usually an older woman or a priest, if one is present. In the pauses, theKarwa Chauth puja song is sung collectively the singers perform the feris (passing their thalis around in the circle).
The first six describe some of the activities that are taboo during the fast and the seventh describes the lifting of those restrictions with the conclusion of the fast. The forbidden activities include weaving cloth (kumbh chrakhra feri naa), pleading with or attempting to please anyone (ruthda maniyen naa), and awakening anyone who is asleep (suthra jagayeen naa). For the first six feris they sing
...Veero kudiye karwara, Sarv suhagan karwara, Aye katti naya teri naa, Kumbh chrakhra feri naa, Aar pair payeen naa, Ruthda maniyen naa, Suthra jagayeen naa, Ve veero kuriye karwara, Ve sarv suhagan karwara...
For the seventh feri, they sing
...Veero kudiye karwara, Sarv suhagan karwara, Aye katti naya teri nee, Kumbh chrakhra feri bhee, Aar pair payeen bhee, Ruthda maniyen bhee, Suthra jagayeen bhee, Ve veero kuriye karwara, Ve sarv suhagan karwara...
In Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, participants exchange karwas seven times between themselves. In Rajasthan, before offering water seven times the fasting woman is asked "Dhai?", to which she responds, "Suhaag na Dhai". An alternative ritual conducted by Uttar Pradeshis is prayer of "gaur mata" the earth. Specifically, celebrants will take a bit of soil, sprinkle water, and then place kumkum on it, treating it as an idol/manifestation of the fertile Mother Earth.
Thereafter, the fasters offer baayna (a melange of goodies like halwa, puri, namkeen mathri, meethi mathri, etc.) to the idols (mansana) and hand it over to their mother-in-law and receives her blessings.
This year the Karwa Chauth Puja Muhurat = 17:43 to 18:59
Duration = 1 Hour 16 Mins
 The fera ceremony concluded, the women await the rising of the moon.
The expected Moonrise On this year Karwa Chauth Day = 20:51
Once the moon is visible, depending on the region and community, it is customary for a fasting woman, with her husband nearby, to view its reflection in a vessel filled with water or through a sieve, or through the cloth of a dupatta .
Water is offered (arka) to the moon (som or chandra, the lunar deity)along with some sweets(best would be sugar or mishri) to secure its blessings.The offerings are made seven times.  She then prays and ask God for blessings for the love and affection of her husband and that she be a “Suhagan forever”.Tranlated it would mean till death do us apart.
She also prays for the prosperity of her husband  and a long life for him and She then turns to her husband and views his face indirectly in the same manner. In some regions, the woman says a brief prayer asking for her husband's life. It is believed that at this stage, spiritually strengthened by her fast, the woman can successfully confront and defeat death (personified by Yama).
 In Rajasthan the women say "Like the gold necklace and the pearl bracelet, just like the moon may my suhaag always shine brightly."
It is customary to touch the feet of the husband and it is very appropriate that the husband embrace his wife  as his token of love.
Touching feet ??Many feminist  would object to this, but this is a form of respect for our elders, so why we should scorn touching the feet of the husband.
The husband now takes the water from the thali and gives his wife her first sip and feeds her with the first morsel of the day (usually something sweet). The fast is now completed, and the woman has a complete meal.
I hope the information provided is helpful. Please do provide feedback.
Next important festival is the festival of lights and I shall be sharing  lots of information on Diwali.
And a very happy  Karwa Chauth to all.