Puja - worship of Gauri - begins on the 11th day of the bright half of the
Hindu month of Ashadha (June-July). It is believed that Goddess Parvati
got Lord Shiva as her husband after performing the ritual of this worship
and they lived happily ever after.
The girls, likewise, to get a good life partner, perform this ritualistic worship. A week before the start of this ceremony, they sow the seeds of seven different plants. These are called 'Jwara'. These represent Goddess Parvati who is ceremoniously worshipped for 5 days.
The girls performing this ceremony, eat only once during the day. They do not add salt to the food and eat plain preparations made of flour such as Indian Chapattis, puris, parathas, etc. They also take milk, dairy products and dried fruits. For 5 days, they perform the ritualistic ceremonies, after having had a bath and lighting a deepak. On the fifth night, they are required to keep awake the whole night; they go to the temples, visit their friends and even go to watch films to avoid falling asleep.
On the sixth morning, after bath, they perform the final worship of jwara' and then immerse them into ponds, lakes or any flowing water. The girls perform this ritual every year for five to seven years. Then they finally bring this ceremony to a conclusion by inviting other girls for dinner in their homes. They also give them small gifts as a remembrance of this ceremonial worship.
This ritual is performed with the pious intention of getting a good husband in the future. Pious intentions always fill our lives with happiness. This ceremony is intended to bring happiness in lives of the young girls, who take part in its performance and teach them self-discipline and control.