The ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the God of Sun (Surya), Chhath Puja, is celebrated to thank Surya for sustaining life and energy on earth. Read more for Chhath Puja 2016 Dates, Beliefs, Rituals and Traditions in India.\n
Date :- 4th to 7th November, 2016
The ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the God of Sun (Surya), Chhath Puja, is celebrated to thank Surya for sustaining life and energy on earth. This festival is celebrated in various parts of India like West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The rituals on Chhath Puja include fasting and chanting prayers on the banks of the River Ganga, Yamuna or river. It is believed that worshipers of the Chhath Puja take holy bath and follows a period of abstinence and become separate for 4 days from the main family.
Bihariscelebrate this festival on the sixth day of the lunar month after Diwali each year. The Goddess who is worshipped during the famous Chhath Puja is known as Chhathi Maiya. She is believed to be the beloved younger wife of Surya, the sun god. .
According to a belief, after the main Chhath Puja on the final day, if you beg for the Prasad all your wishes will come true. Chhath Puja is the only festival which celebrates the setting sun unlike any other festival. The setting sun is celebrated for its glory as the cycle of birth starts with death.
Chhath Puja Day 1 :- 4th November (NahayKhay)
Chhath Puja Day 2 :- 5thNovember (Kharna)
Chhath Puja Day 3 :- 6thNovember (SandhyaArghya)
Chhath Puja Day 4 :- 7thNovember (UshaArghya, Parana Day)
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