Chhath Puja


What is Chhath Puja:

Chhath Puja or Dala Chhath, a popular festival in North India, is observed on the sixth day of Kartik Month. The four day Chhath Puja celebrations, starts with Nahai Khai ritual. The puja begin from the fourth day of Shukla Paksh in the 'Kartik' month, according to Hindu calendar, marked the beginning of the Chhath Puja to continue till 20th November, 2012.

History of Chhath Puja:

As part of the tradition, on the first day of the Puja, the women eat 5 different kinds of vegetables and also visits the ghats to ascertain the Puja venues. As per custom, the women desiring a baby boy observe a fast throughout the day and later in the evening offer prayers to the idol of 'Chhati Mata', light diyas and worship the Sun god.
The next day, fast is observed which ends in the evening after consuming rice and jaggery. The fast continues for the next day till offering prayers to the setting sun.

On Chhath Puja Day:

India has a living tradition of the most glorious form of Surya worship. The Chhath Puja, the most celebrated ritual in Central and North India, primarily observed in Bihar is probably the only form of worship in which, devotees offer their prayers to the setting sun also. Chhath Puja is observed as Bhanu Shashti or Surya Shashti vrata in South India. Ritual bath along the river banks of Ganga and some other holy rivers are most preferred deed during Chhath. A huge crowd is expected to turn up on the ghats.

Celebrations Across India:

India has a living tradition of the most glorious form of Surya worship. The Chhath Puja, the most celebrated ritual in Central and Northern Indian parts, primarily observed in Bihar is probably the only form of worship in which the devotees offer their prayers to the setting sun also.
Chhath Puja is observed as Bhanu Shashti or Surya Shashti vrata in South India. Ritual bath along the river banks of Ganga and some other holy rivers are most preferred deed during Chhath. A huge crowd is expected to turn up on the ghats as the festival is an important for natives of Bihar and UP.