Chhath Puja Rituals

The Hindu festival devoted exclusively to the Sun God, Surya -- Surya Chhath, also called Dala Chhath and Suryashashthi -- is celebrated with much passion and religious fervour throughout Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of Uttar Pradesh, and the Terai areas of Nepal.

The origin of Chhath Puja can be traced back to the age of the Rig-Veda. The holy scriptures contain hymns worshipping the Sun god and describe comparable rituals.

Chhath is the only occasion when the setting sun -- the deity of energy and of the life-force - is feted for its glory as the cycle of birth begins with death. The Chhath Puja is performed to express gratitude and to thank the God for supporting and nurturing life on earth, and to request the granting of specific boons.

People worship the Sun god for well-being, affluence and progress. Worshipping the Sun God is also believed to help heal several diseases, such as leprosy. It is believed that worshipping the Sun God ensures longevity and prosperity of near and dear ones.

The Ritual of Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja continues for four days. Its rituals are pretty demanding physically. They include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water (Vratta), standing knee deep in water for long durations, and offering Prashad (prayer offerings) and aghrya or Soop to the setting and rising sun. The Arghya consists of, among others, flowers, fruits, dry coconut, sugarcane, sprouted grains, white radish, khajurees and sweets.

Chhat Puja 2018 Dates

This year Chhath Puja begins on November 11 and will continue till November 14. The main puja will be observed on November 13.
11th November, Sunday : Nahay Khay
12th November, Monday : Lohanda and Kharna
13th November, Tuesday : Sandhya Arghya
14th November, Wednesday : Usha Arghya, Parana Day


Traditionally Yours,

Team Astroyogi.com

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Importance of M...

Read More ➜

Handling Love a...

Relationships can often be quite difficult and complicated. If you do not feel comfortable or communicate well with your partner, more and more problems can come up. While it is of...

Read More ➜

Ways to achieve...

Achieving wealth and property is one of the main goals of our lives. No matter what, people go to any extent just for the search of a good amount of money and give their best. This...

Read More ➜

What is Astrology?

Understanding this Unique Science of Future Telling in the Modern Times   The Universe and its components of the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets have always instilled a ...

Read More ➜