Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja , Anarghyaa.com

Chhath is a four-day festival in which prayers are offered to the Sun God – Lord Surya. Chhath Puja, also known as Pratihar, Surya Shashti, Chhathi and Dala Chhath. This year Chhath Puja is on 2nd November 2019.

Surya, the god of energy and of life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath Puja to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.  The rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days. The third day, known as Chhath, is considered the main day of the festival. People include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water, standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prashad and arghya to the setting and rising sun

 

Day one:
The first day of pooja is known as ‘Nahay Khay’. On this day, people visit the holy water bodies and take a dip, specially river Ganga. Women observe fast and eat only a single meal.

Day two:
Known as Lohanda, on the day two of the festival, fasting without water is observed from sunrise to sunset and is only broken after offering food to the Sun.

Day three:
The third day, known as Chhath, is considered the main day of the festival and a fast without water is observed. Moreover, the fasting continues throughout the night and on the fourth day, Usha the 36 long hours fast is broken.

Day four:
On the fourth day marks the end of the festival and offering are make to the rising sun.

 

Chhath Puja timings:

Sunrise on Chhath Puja Day = 06:09 

Sunset on Chhath Puja Day = 17:58