Ahead of the last day of the 4-day Chhath Puja festival, devotees gathered on the banks of the Ganga river at Digha Ganga Ghat in Patna on November 20 morning to worship the rising Sun.
Meanwhile, people arrived at Central Park in Delhi’s Gautam Nagar to offer prayers to “Chhath Maiya”.
“This tradition has been going on since we were kids. We do this every year. ‘Chhath Maiya’ ensures happiness in our family and so we do it,” a devotee told the media.
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At Kalindi Kunj, devotees offered ‘Argha’ to the rising Sun as toxic foam floated on the surface of the polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations. The toxic foam is due to the high phosphate content in the Yamuna River, which can cause skin and respiratory problems.
In Jharkhand’s Ranchi, devotees offered prayers to the Sun. Performing the rituals, the devotees made offerings to the Sun while standing in knee-deep water.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took part in Chhath Puja and offered prayers following rituals in Odisha’s Sambalpur district.
Visuals showed Dharmendra Pradhan offering ‘Argha’ to the rising Sun at the Chhath Ghat. He was applied tilak by the priest, which is considered the sacred ritual of the Puja.
The four-day festival of Chhath kickstarted on November 17 and is regarded as the festival of purity, goodwill, and faith.
The Chhath Puja is a festival in which devotees worship and make offerings to the setting and rising Sun. On November 20 morning, the fasting devotees would make offerings to the rising Sun and break the fast.
Chhath Puja is celebrated every year with much exuberance in States like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bengal. However, celebrations are also witnessed in the national capital, where a large section of people from the aforementioned States live.
Devotees especially take the fast and worship the Sun for the long lives and well-being of their family members, also praying for their expectations and attempts to come true.
The trend of celebrating the festival of Chhath is believed to have started in the Hilly regions of Nepal after the political change of 1990 when democracy was restored in the Himalayan Nation.
It is believed that a person’s desires and prayers from the heart’s core will bring blessings. During the time of fasting, only those foods that are considered to be pure are consumed, and cleanliness is one thing that is cared for the most during the period.
This festival witnessed a high participation rate of women, is marked with fanfare and is also regarded as an occasion to take a break from household chores and be refreshed.