Chhath Pooja

Chhath Pooja

When - 1st-3rd November
Where - All Over India

Chhath is an ancient Hindu Vedic festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent, more specifically, the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal as well as the Madhesh region of Nepal. The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun and his wives Usha and Sangya or Sandhya in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. Chhath does not involve any idol worship. This festival is observed by Nepalese and Indian people, along with their diaspora. While it is a Hindu festival, some Muslims also celebrate Chhath.

The rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days. They include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water (Vratta), standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prasad (prayer offerings) and arghya to the setting and rising sun. Some devotees also perform a prostration march as they head for the river banks.

Chhath puja is performed on Kartika Shukla Shashthi, which is the sixth day of the month of Kartika in the Vikram Samvat. It is also celebrated in the month of Chaitra.

Chhath puja is on the 13th(sunset) & 14th(sunrise) of November 2018. The four-day festival will start from 11 November and will end on 14 November.

Chhath Puja Morning
Morning worship
On the second day of Chhat devotees pay tribute to the rising Sun
View of a ghat in a village
Chhath ghat at evening
Women giving aragh on Chhath Puja
chhath pooja
Morning arghya (worship) of God Sun on fourth and final day of Chhat Puja

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