News24LAST UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): The festival of Chhath Puja this year Begins from November 18, 2020. On Chhath Puja, devotees worship the Sun God, the God of light, as he is considered the source of energy which binds everyone together. It is celebrated 6 days after Diwali. The term Chhath which means six in Nepali language. It is to promote energy to all living beings, prosperity and progress.
Date and time
Chhath puja Date: November 20, Friday
Sunrise on Chhath Puja Day: 6:48 AM
Sunset on Chhath Puja Day: 5:26 PM
Rituals on all four days
Day 1: The first day of Chhath puja is known as Kaddu Bhaat or Nahai Khai. On this day, the person who keeps a fast cooks Satvik Kaddu Bhaat and serves it as a BHOG in the afternoon .
Day 2: The second day of Chhath puja, known as Kharna, rice kheer along with puri is cooked on the second day and served along with dry fruits and seasonal fruits that are offered as BHOG.
Day 3: The third day of the Chhath puja festival is called Pahli Arag. Devotees on this day prepare fruits and keep food offering in a basket and visit the Chhath ghat in the evening to offer arag to the Sun God.
Day 4: The last day of Chhath puja is called Dusri Arag. On this day, devotees prepare the Surya Arag basket with fruits and visit the Chhath ghat before sunrise.
Today, its second day i.e. Kharna is being celebrated. Kharna means purification. It is also called Lohanda. There is a tradition of making special offerings of Chhath Puja on the day of Kharna. Chhath festival is considered very difficult and it is done very carefully. It is said that all the wishes of those who follow the rules of Vrathi Chhath are fulfilled.
Method of kharna
On this day, women and Chhath Vrati take bath in morning and wear clean clothes and apply ‘sindoor’ from nose to forehead. On the day of Kharna, Vrati fasts throughout the day and in the evening prepare prasad by making rice and jaggery kheer. Then after the worship of the Sun God, the fasting women receive this Prasad. Only after receiving this Prasad, 36 hours of fasting of fasting women begins. It is believed that only after Kharna Pooja, Goddess Shashthiarrives in the house.
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