Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is married to Jaya Bachchan, says it is overwhelming to see “the devotion and care” with which wives observe the Karwa Chauth fast. But he also feels guilty to see them fast the entire day. On Karwa Chauth, Hindu women mostly in north India, observe a day-long fast with no food or water for their husband’s long life. They eat only after praying to the moon.
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The 74-year-old actor took to his blog to talk about the rituals attached to Karwa Chauth, which falls on October 19 this year. He posted: “On the occasion of Karaka Chaturthi or that which is more commonly known as Karwa Chauth, my greetings to all…wives in particular, who shall fast the entire day until they see the moon at night, all for the welfare of their husbands. Some traditions never die.” The duo has worked together in movies like Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Sholay and Zanjeer. They had a small wedding affair in 1973 with only close friends and family members in attendance.
The Piku star also shared that “it is a joy to see the devotion and care they take over this festive moment, one that has prevailed mostly in the northern parts of the country, and how they revere each and every ritual, done with the exactitude of immense finesse. There is always that feeling of guilt that we men, husbands go through,” he added.
Amitabh and Jaya have two children – Shweta and Abhishek. Shweta is the elder, and is married to businessman Nikhil Nanda. They have two children – Agastya and Navya Naveli. Abhishek, a Bollywood actor, is married to beauty queen-turned-actress Aishwarya Rai. They have a daughter named Aaradhya.