Chhath Puja is an important festival in northern India and is celebrated all throughout in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand and even in Nepal. It is the most important festival in this region. The celebrations are dedicated to Chhathi Maiya Goddess, the sister of the sun god or Surya Dev. She is a Goddess according to the Vedas and is considered to be the supreme power or the goddess of energy.
Celebrations of Chhath Puja
On this day, the devotees wake up early in the morning and take bath in the Ganges. Submerged in the water, they make their offerings or give arghya to the sun god’s sister.
The arghya consists of sweets, Kheer, thekua and fruits in a bamboo basket.
People usually go without food for the day and keep upvas or fasting and take food only after sunset. Zeal and piousness accompany Chhath puja.
To mark the occasion, there are devotional songs sung by ladies and an ambience of purity prevails. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the 6th day of Kartika month in October and November. It is also called the dala sashti or, pratyahara sashti or Surya sashti
Types of Chhath Pujas
In India, chhath puja is considered to be a part of restricted holidays among the official holidays. But the offices and businesses remain open. Those who want to celebrate the chhath puja thus can take a day off.
Beliefs associated with the puja
Irrespective of the time, Chhath Puja maintains its importance and relevance in this modern society. For every work you do, you need energy, and the blessings of chhathi maiya are indispensable for all.
Chhath Puja is a four-day festival and completed in 6 stages. There are beliefs that through the worship of sun god, you can attain immunity.
Secretion of hormones, cure of skin diseases, purification of blood and its detoxification are some of the other reasons to celebrate Chhath Puja.
This puja is considered to be homage to the sun god for light and heat energy, along with sustenance of life.
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