Patna, Nov 11: Chhath Parva, also known as Chhath puja, is dedicated to the Lord Sun (Surya bhagwan) and his wives Usha and Sandhya to thank them for a healthy, prosperous life and seek their blessings.
It is one of the most popular festivals in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
During the festival, Devotees observe a continuous fast for 36 hours.
Today is the main puja of the four-day festival and devotees offer ‘argya’ to the setting Sun. Following this, on Thursday morning they will worship the rising sun.
Devotees offer wheat, milk, sugarcane, bananas and coconuts while offering prayers to the Sun.
The Chhath Puja began on Sunday with people visiting water bodies early in the morning for a ritualistic bath called as the ‘Nahai-Khai’, before preparing a traditional meal of boiled rice and pumpkin.
It was followed by ‘Kharna’ on Tuesday, where gur ‘Kheer’ was cooked and distributed among neighbours, friends and relatives.
Have a glimpse of Chhath Puja celebrations
Surajkund Dham in Gorakhpur
Guwahati’s Brahmaputra Ghat
Patna’s Ganga Ghat