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Chhath Puja

Performing of evening & morning Pray to Sun around the holy River in Mithila region of Nepal

 

 

 

Also called Chhathi
Chhath Parv
Chhath Puja
Dala Chhath
Dala Puja
Surya Shashthi
Observed by
  • Bihari Indians and Madheshi Nepalese
    • Magahi people
    • Maithils
    • Bhojpuri people
  • Awadhi people
Liturgical Color Colors related to Hinduism Saffron (or Bhagwa)
Type Cultural, Historical, Religious
Significance To thank Sun for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and fulfilling particular wishes
 
2017 date October 24 to October 27

Chhath Puja 2017 Dates

Chhath puja is on 26th & 27th of October 2017. The four day festival will start on 24th of October and end on 27th of October. It is also celebrated in the summer (March–April), on Chaitra Shashthi, some days after Holi; this event is called Chaiti Chhath.[18] The former is more popular because winter is the usual festive season in Nepal and also in Bihar of North India. Chhath is an arduous observance, requiring the worshipers to fast without water for around 36 hours continuously.

 

History

 

It is believed that the ritual of Chhath puja may even predate the ancient Vedas texts, as the Rigveda

contains hymns worshiping the Sun god and describes similar rituals. The rituals also find reference in

the Sanskrit epic poem Mahābhārata in which Draupadi is depicted as observing similar rites.

 

In the poem, Draupadi and the Pandavas, rulers of Indraprastha (modern Delhi), performed the Chhath

ritual on the advice of noble sage Dhaumya. Through her worship of the Sun God, Draupadi was not

only able to solve her immediate problems, but also helped the Pandavas later regain their lost

kingdom.

 

Its yogic / scientific history dates back to the Vedic times. The rishis of yore used this method to remain

without any external intake of food as they were able to obtain energy directly from the sun’s rays. This

was done through the Chhath method.

 

Another history behind celebrating the Chhath puja is the story of Lord Rama. It is considered that

Lord Rama of Ayodhya and Sita of Mithila had kept fast and offer puja to the Lord Sun in the month

of Kartika in Shukla Paksh during their coronation after returning to the Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

From that time, chhath puja became the significant and traditional festival in the Hindu religion and

started celebrating every year at the same date in Sita’s homeland janakpur and adjoining Indian states

of Bihar,

 

 

Chhathi Maiya

 

The Goddess who is worshipped during the famous Chhath Puja is known as Chhathi Maiya. Chhathi

Maiya is known as Usha in the Vedas. She is believed to be the beloved younger wife of Surya, the Sun

God. In mithilanchal region she is also worshiped as name of “RANA MAI “.

 

This is the only parva which signifies rising sun as well as setting sun both.

(छठ पूजा एक ऐसा श्रेष्ठतम पर्व हैं जहाँ डूबते हुए सूर्य से प्रार्थना करते हुए व्रत का प्रारंभ होता है एवं सूर्योदय कि पूजा के

पश्चात व्रत सम्पूर्ण होता हैं “जैसे कि जीवन के संचालन के लिए रात्रि का उतना ही महत्व है जितना दिन का”).

 

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/)

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