Chhath Puja is another unique festival celebrated in our country. The preparation of which starts after Deepawali. There is a four-day fast in this festival. It is also called Dala Chhath, Surya Shashthi Puja and Chhath Mai Puja. In some areas of India, this festival celebrated with pomp, so let us know, about Chhath Puja…
Why do we worship this:
It believed that by the grace of the Sun God, the devotees are always healthy, and their house is full of money and grain. Chhath Maiya gives children. This puja also is done to get a great and bright childlike Sun God. Also, people perform Chhath Vrat on the fulfilment of their wishes.
Mythology about Chhath Maiya
When Lord Shri Rama returned to Ayodhya after the exile, Mother Sita and Ramji together worshipped the Sun God on Kartik Shukla Shashthi. Apart from this, Kunti also performed Suryopasana before marriage to get a son. After that Surya dev was pleased and provided him with a son. But due to the fear of localism, son Karna, born to the Sun God, was carried by the unmarried Kunti into the river after giving birth. Later Karna also became a great worshiper of Suryadev. It believed that the sun’s infinite grace remained on Karna.
What day will this festival end?
Today is the second day of this maha Parva lasting for four days. Chhath has started with Nahay-Khay. Today weed. On the same day, on November 20, the sun will be offered to the drowning sun, while on the day after November 21, with the rising sun, the arghya will be finished.
The second day of Chhath Puja means Kharna. Kharna has special significance in Chhath Puja. Kharna means purification. Vrati starts purifying their body and mind by eating a meal on the day of Nahay Khay, which completed the next day, so it is called Kharna.
The special importance of Prasad in Chhath Puja
Thekua has special significance in this prasad. Thekua is also called Tikri. Besides, rice laddus also made in Prasad. Later offerings and fruits are specially finished in bamboo baskets. After that, all the devotee goes to the pond, river or ghat For poojan to the sun in the evening to worship the basket of pooja . Here, the devotees take a bath and offer prayers to the setting sun.