Nation celebrates Chhath Puja

New Delhi [India], Nov. 6 : Chhath Puja is being celebrated in several states today. Thousands of devotees celebrating the festival gathered on the banks of the Yamuna river, lakes and canals in the national capital early this afternoon to pay obeisance to the Sun God on the third day of the four-day event.

The Puja, celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik month, is dedicated to Sun God for supporting life on earth and ensuring prosperity and happiness in life.

Amid devotional and chhath folk songs devotees in Patna paid oblation to the setting Sun on Ghats along various rivers including Ganga, Kosi, Gandak and Sone rivers this evening.

Chhath puja was also performed on the banks of ponds and water reservoirs. A large number of devotees made special offerings to the Sun God at the sun temple at Deo in Aurangabad, Barkagao in Nalanda and Ular Sun temple in Patna district.

In Lucknow, thousands of people paid oblation to the setting Sun at different river ghats of Ganga, Yamuna and other rivers.

A big number of devotees had assembled at ghats of Allahabad, Varanasi and other districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh this evening.

In Allahabad, devotees had gathered in large number at Sangam and offered ardhya to Sun God. On this occasion, an arti session was also organised at the Sangam. Elaborate arrangements have been made in temple town Varanasi and other places of eastern districts. The 36- hrs fast, without even water, began two days ago after Nahay-Khai and today the first offering or 'Argya' to descending Sun was made by very large number of devotees in various ponds, rivers and dams of the state.

Tomorrow the fast of Chhath will come to end after offering Argya to the early morning Sun. At many places gestures of Hindu Muslim unity were also shown for this festival. Chhath puja celebrations will conclude tomorrow following oblations to the rising Sun..

Source: ANI