Hinduism is often described as a religion of fast, feast, and festivals. Fasts most commonly known as Upvaas or Vrat kept on particular days.
According to Hindu tradition people keep fast to please God, by controlling and curbing their desires. They refrain themselves from food or water. They pray according to the way given in Katha of that particular God.
Katha is one of the oldest ways of telling religious stories from generations after generations. Professional storytellers wrote most of them. Many Hindus believe that many Kathas were directly told by Gods themselves or written by professional storytellers. They have compiled kathas in Hindu religious texts, such as the Puranas, Ramayana, Mahatmaya, Saptvar katha and various other Hindu epics.
There are three ways of telling Katha prevalent in India
Purana-Pravachana means when learned teacher give religious discourses in the public by interpreting Hindu scriptures and explain each and every detail given there.
Kathakalakshepa is way of telling religious stories through music that are mostly composed in languages like Sanskrit, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. The storyteller, usually proficient in classical music, interspaced the main story with music, dance.
The folk stories were told accompanied by a stringed instrument resembling a bow. The stories chosen are heroic ballads commonly known in the villages and urban areas.
Whatever the way Katha was told to the people, it will give solace to millions of people from time immemorial. These stories seem to have a soothing effect on people's anxious nerves and imbibe trust in Almighty.
Astrologers believe that the planetary position including the stars and satellites can affect your life. They have a particular position in your birth chart. In Hinduism, it is believed that each planet, satellite and star is God, and you can keep fast to please that particular God that is not in a good position in your birth chart.
All important Kathas are compiled in this section so that you get familiarize with all the above Gods and will let you uprise you with the right way to pray and keep fast for them.