Chhath Puja celebrations begin in India

NEW DELHI: Chhath Puja is an ancient Hindu festival, which is mainly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern U.P and some other parts of India. The name of the festival symbolizes about its day of occurrence, as ‘Chhath’ refers to ‘sixth’. It is celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali every year and is usually a four-day celebration.

In holy city Varanasi too devotees are celebrating the festival with utmost faith & devotion. Markets are decked up with puja materials of Chhath. Today is the first day of the festival. On the first day, women take a holy dip in a water body. This is called Nahay khay. Kharna is observed on the second day. On this day, women observe fast and offer prayers to the Sun God. In the evening, kheer and other preparations are distributed among the family members. On the third day, women prepare prashad and in the evening perform the Sandhya Arghya and the festival concludes with the Usha Arghya on the fourth day after prayers to Goddess Usha are offered.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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