Chhath Puja 2018, Festival of the Sun God
Chhath Puja is dedicated to Lord Surya, the God of Sun. It is an important festival in Bihar, Jharkhand and most other parts of North India. It is a four day pooja, which begins on the 4th day of Diwali, in the Hindu month of Karthik, which falls in the months of October – November.
Chhath Pooja is an auspicious occasion for the Hindu’s. The concept of Chhath Pooja dates back to the Mahabharata, where Draupadi, the wife of the Pandava’s had performed the Chhath Pooja, during the time she was banished. Chhath Pooja is believed to be started by Karna, a great warrior of the Mahabharata. Karna is the son of Lord Surya and Kunti.
The concept of worshipping the Sun has been dated back to ages, as the existence of Sun, which is believed to be the Creator of everything on Earth. Millions of people, who live by the banks of the River Ganga and River Kosi that is along the states of Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh, make sure they strictly follow the rules and rituals of the Chhath Pooja. The main rituals and pooja’s during the Chhath pooja take place during the waxing phase of the moon. The main rituals include making offerings to the God of Sun, Lord Surya on the banks of the Rivers, and also a strict fast ritual.
On the first day of Chhath Pooja, the people the devotees take a dip in the River Ganga and take some holy water from the River home. The devotees have only one meal. On the second day the devotees fast for the whole day, and end their fast at sunset. On the third day the devotees offer prayers to the setting sun. On the fourth day, the devotees pray to the rising sun.
Dates of Chhath Puja 2018
Chhath Puja 2018 – Date: November 13, 2018