After Diwali here comes the another festival Chhath. It is one of the most fascinating festival mostly celebrated in Indian states of Bihar ,Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.This year it began from 17 nov and will last till 20st Nov.
This festival is dedicated to Sun ( Solar deity) to thank them for bestowing their blessings for giving bounties of life of earth and fulfilling their wishes and prayers. The devotees offers prayers to the Sun. .It is believed that the main sources of Sun’s powers are his wife Usha and Pratyusha.
The sunrise and sunset timings hold great significance during this four-day-long festival. The main day of the festival includes Chhath Pujan and Sandhya Arghya on Shashthi.
In the morning, worship of the first ray (Usha) of the Sun and the last ray (Pratyusha) of the Sun in the evening are offered to both of them. And the rituals are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days.
Nahaye Khaye (First day)
On the first day of chhath, after bathing,the house is cleaned and food is offered to God is eaten to protect the mind from vengeful.
Kharna (Second Day)
On this day the devotees ( chhath vrati) keep fast for the whole day. They are even not allowed to drink a drop of water. In the evening they eat, kheer( pudding made of jaggery,milk and rice ) , some fruits and drink milk.
Sandhya Arghya (Third Day)
On the third day of Chhath puja, an arghya is offered to the sun god in the evening. Chhathi Maiya is worshiped from a soop (winnowing basket) filled with prasad( fruits, laddus, thekuas, etc.)After the worship of Sun God, Shashthi Devi songs are sung in the night and the vrat katha is heard.
Usha Arghya (Fourth Day)
On the final and the last day of Chhath puja, in the morning an arghya is being offered to the Sun God. Before sunrise, the devotees have to go to the riverbank as there is situation of pandemic so to stop gathering some devotees didnot went to riverbanks and prayed and offered an arghya from their home. After worship, devotees drink sharbat and raw milk, and eat a little prasad in order to break one’s fast.
Here are some pictures and link of the chhath I would love to share with you all.
Happy Chhath Puja… 🙂🙂