On the occasion of Karva Chauth today, when married women in north India and Andhra Pradesh fast for the whole day, praying for their husbands a long life, the women of Vijau village of Mathura refrained from fasting so that their husbands’ lives are not endangered! Kishori Lal Chaturvedi, a resident of the village, says that for the last 200 years, this village has been under a curse.
Chaturvedi says because of the curse, if a woman fasts on the occasion of Karva Chauth, her husband dies! It is a curse of a Brahmin woman who was beaten to death by villagers on the very day of Karva Chauth.
The people here recall from what they have heard from members of previous generations that a newly married Brahmin couple was passing through Vijau village on the day of Karva Chauth when some locals accused the Brahmin of stealing their oxen and beat him to death in front of his wife. The Brahmin woman then cursed the women of the village that thereon Karva Chauth would be the cause of death of their husbands. After uttering the curse, the woman jumped on her husband’s funeral pyre following what was then a sporadic practice of sati.
Chaturvedi said that since that day, the women of the village do not fast on Karva Chauth, but offer prayers at the Sati temple located in the hamlet. Even men come here to pray before marriage.
The women here do not buy from the village market sindūr (vermilion) either. They use vermilion brought from their maiden.
Once, they say, some women broke this practice and fasted on the day of Karva Chauth. Their husbands died mysteriously soon thereafter.
Vijau is located near Surir, a town in Mant Tehsil of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh. Surir is divided into two villages: Surir Kalan Bangar & Surir Vijau. Surir kalan is a residential place and Surir Vijau is a market place. Surir is known for its brick kilns and it has more than 100 brick factories, which provide employment to thousands of workers from the area. It is well connected to the big cities of Mathura, Vrindavan, Khair, Aligarh, Agra, Noida, Palwal, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Delhi etc. It’s connected to Delhi as well via Agra by the Yamuna Expressway.