Please provide a description of why Karwachauth is celebrated.
As far as I know, there is some story about fasting by a woman and due to her mistake ( in not doing the fasts properly, she mistook a diya as the moon), her husband dies. So, Karwachauth maata tells her to take fast on a day which we, Hindus, now celebrate as Karwachauth.

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    It cannot be Santoshi mata as there is no reference of Santoshi mata in any scriptures and she became popular only after the movie. See hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/5300/1018
    – Aby
    Oct 30, 2015 at 7:29
  • On the other side, we generally see Shiv parivar photos on the Karvachauth poster photos so i think she must be a form of Goddess Parvati.
    – Aby
    Oct 30, 2015 at 7:33

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The Narada Purana (Part IV) has an entire section dedicated to performance on vratas on different tithis.

In the section of different vratas to be performed on the Chathurti Tithis, there is a rite known as Karaka Vrata observed on the 4th in the dark half of Karttika.

43b-44 The holy rite called Karaka vrata is to be performed on the Caturthi day in the dark half of the month of Karttika. Only women are authorised to perform this Vrata. The rules of the procedure on it are being mentioned.

44b-45 The woman should take her bath and bedeck herself. She should then worship god Ganesa. In front of the deity ten bowls filled with cooked rice shall be kept and be dedicated to the Lord of the Devas with devotion and purity of the mind.

46-47 She should utter (pray) :--"May the deity be gracious unto me." Saying this she should dedicate them to God Ganesa. Presents shall be given respectfully to Suvasinis (married women) and the Brahmanas according to desire. Then at night, when the moon rises, she should duly offer Arghya (water oblation) and partake of sweet-meats and cooked rice for the fulfilment of the Vrata.

50-51a Or the holy rite shall be observed by the woman throughout her life with a desire for conjugal blessedness. There is no other Vrata like this that yields conjugal blessedness to women. Hence it should be continuously performed.

According to what I read on this website on Karwa Chauth, it is indeed that the same festival is described in the Purana.

The Sanskrit verses have been taken from here (page 849)

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Hope this helped.

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    Good answer. You can also mention about info.given in other puranas, as footnote says in the link picture provided by you.Also try to provide links directly to authentic scriptures like Puranas whenever possible, instead of providing the passage as image. Nov 6, 2016 at 16:07
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    All right I will do further research and put up the info found in other puranas as well :) I normally do link directly to the Purana source but since I got this info from DSpace's Narada Purana I had to go a roundabout way to upload it.
    – Arya
    Nov 6, 2016 at 16:32
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    So karwachauth has nothing to do with longevity of husbands? Oct 17, 2019 at 5:35
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    @Arya thanks for this answer
    – Viraj
    Oct 17, 2019 at 12:40
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    @Carmensandiego I am assuming that the longevity of husbands comes as a corollary from the desire for 'conjugal' blessedness. Would be helpful if we know what the original verse says. Oct 17, 2019 at 17:21

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