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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Chhath Puja Festival

Hi,friends, this is the third day of the A to Z challenge. In the series of Festivals of India, I present an amazing festival of Bihar and Jharkhand, called Bihu.


   

   
Chhath  Puja is a very important festival of Bihar and Jharkhand which is celebrated with
        great enthusiasm It is celebrated with the same spirit in places where people


from this region have settled down, especially in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai Mauritius, 

Fizi Island, Trinidad, Tobago,Guyana,Surinam and Jamaica.The festival is dedicated to Sun

God. People worship the Sun and thank Him for all His mercies and for the well being 

their near and dear ones. The festival falls on sixth day after Diwali.The rituals of this 

festival are rigorous. They last for three days. During these days vratta(fast) is 

observed. On one of these days even drinking of water is also prohibited. The 

devotees stand in a river  for a long time,  Holy bath is taken  and Prasad is offered to 

Sun God, who is the God of energy and life force and can cure all diseases.

                    
                        
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There are many stories associated with the origin of this festival. The kings invited the 

purohits for their expertise in Sun worship.It was on their advice that Sun worship 

began. The most popular story associated with the festival is from an incident taken 

from Mahabharata. The story goes that when Draupadi observed Chhath Puja, it


 resulted in Pandavas getting back their kingdom. Another folk lore states that 

Karna, son of Surya (Sun) started the  tradition   of Chhath Puja. The photographs  

given below give a glimpse of the holy festival.