Devotees offer ‘Sandhya Arghya’ to the setting Sun on Chhath puja

  • | Monday | 20th November, 2023

Kanpur: On the third day of Chhath puja festival, devotees performed the main ritual of Sandhya Arghya on Sunday evening by offering oblation to the setting sun. A large number of devotees in different parts of the City worshipped the Sun god while standing in waist-deep water at the banks of water bodies, including rivers, ponds and canals.During Chhath puja, goddess Chhathi Maiya is worshipped by devotees.The goddess is also known as Usha which means the first ray of light of the day.According to the myth, Usha and Pratyusha (last light of the day) were the wives of Sun god and both are worshipped along with him (Sun).As people worship both the forms of the Sun god, that is the rising sun and the setting sun, they start gathering from early in the morning while few come late to worship the setting sun during the Chhath puja festivities, said Savita Jha, a devotee, who had observed rituals at Panki canal on Sunday. Few people go deep inside the water to perform the rituals and some just stay outside and do it from outside only, she added.Some of the most preferred sites for the devotees around the city to gather and perform puja are Armapur canal, Panki canal, CTI, Barra, Sarsaiya Ghat, Vijay Nagar, Namak factory to name a few.We also published the following articles recentlyChhath Puja 2023 Day 3: Sandhya Arghya, Know Rituals and SignificanceChhath Puja, a significant Hindu festival, is celebrated across India with great enthusiasm. Also known as Surya Shashti, it is a four-day festival dedicated to worshipping Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya. The festival began on November 17 and will end on November 20, 2023. On the third day, known as Sandhya Arghya, observers fast for 36 hours and offer prayers to the setting sun. On the last day, they offer prayers to the rising sun. Devotees offer various food items, including the important bhog prasad, Thekua, to the deities. It is advised to abstain from alcohol and gambling during the festival.Chhath Puja 2023 Date and Time: From Nahaye Khaye to Usha Arghya, Know Puja Rituals and SignificanceChhath Puja is a four-day Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya. It is celebrated with great devotion in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. The festival involves rituals like bathing in rivers, fasting, offering prayers, and making special dishes as Prasad. The festival started on November 17, 2023, and will conclude on November 20, 2023. Each day of the festival holds significance, including Nahaye Khaye, Lohanda and Kharna, Sandhya Arghya, and Usha Arghya. Devotees celebrate the festival with joy and happiness.Ode to the Sun: Chhath celebrated with fervour across cityWomen and men in Delhi-NCR celebrated the Chhath festival by praying to the setting sun. The festival, which is popular among people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, attracted politicians who attended the proceedings to connect with voters. Devotees observed a 36-hour fast and stood in waist-deep water to offer prayers. Some used vessels on rooftops to dip their feet, while others walked long distances to rivers, lakes, or ponds. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and several BJP leaders also participated in the celebrations.

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