Chhath Puja in Delhi: Chhath Puja, the great festival of folk faith, has started from Friday (17 November). Special arrangements have been made by the government for the facilities of Chhath fasts in the entire country along with Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, especially in the capital Delhi. On the first day on Friday, the great festival started by taking bath and eating rice and gourd vegetable. After that Chhath Vraati is on waterless fast for 36 hours. That means, do not drink even water until the great festival is over.
“Kharna” is celebrated on Saturday. In the evening, kheer made of jaggery, which is called “Rasiav” in Purvanchal, is prepared and distributed among the families and other people of those observing Chhath fast as Prasad. Today Sunday (19 November ) on 10th March, lakhs of Chhath fasting people will offer prayers to the setting sun.
There will be hustle and bustle at Chhath Ghats
There is going to be a lot of activity at Chhath Ghats on this day. Along with the men observing Chhath fast, the fasting married women in colorful sarees applied vermillion from the nose to the middle part of the head, decorated the bowl with banana, apple, coconut, orange, pear etc. and immersed it in the water of river, pond, waterfall, or artificial reservoir. Enter and offer prayers to the setting sun.
1000 ghats have been built in the capital Delhi
From the banks of Yamuna to temporary ghats and rooftop tubs, 1000 ghats have been built across Delhi. Delhi Revenue Minister Atishi said on Saturday that the government has built more than 1,000 Chhath Ghats across the city. Officials said that during the inspection of the temporary ghats built in Mayur Vihar Phase-3, the minister directed the district administration and police to ensure strong security arrangements at all the ghats so that the devotees do not face any problem.
The government has constructed eight artificial ponds at the DDA ground in Mayur Vihar Phase-3, where thousands of devotees can observe Chhath fast together. Atishi said, “Chhath is an important festival for the people of Delhi and our Purvanchal region. Therefore, the government organizes a grand festival for Chhath every year.”
Delhi Jal Board is doing the work of filling artificial ponds
Officials said that temporary ponds have also been made in Sonia Vihar. “Two artificial ponds have been created and covered with double-layer plastic sheets. The Delhi Jal Board has filled the ponds with water,” said Ramesh Singh, an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
Water has been filled in big tubs on the rooftops
In other parts of Delhi like Pitampura and Kailash Hills, Badarpur which are located far away from the ghats, people have made arrangements for Arghya by filling water in big containers and tubs on their rooftops. Similarly, in NCR cities like Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, people have created artificial ponds on students or in their respective areas. Chhath Mahaparva will end with offering Arghya to the rising sun on the morning of Monday (20th November).
This puja performed on the day of Shashthi is a great festival of folk faith.
Let us tell you that Chhath festival, Chhath or Shashthi Puja is a great festival celebrated on Shashthi of Kartik Shukla Paksha. This unique folk festival of Sun worship is mainly celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Terai areas of Nepal. Gradually this festival has become popular among the diaspora as well as all over the world. Chhath Puja is dedicated to Surya and his wife Usha. No specific idol is worshiped in this and the biggest thing is that the women fasting for the worship of Chhathi Maiya remain hungry for more than 36 hours, while they neither feel hungry nor thirsty. That is why it is called the great festival of faith.
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