What is Chhath Puja?
An antiquated Hindu celebration, devoted to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya (known to be the spouse of Surya), Chhath Puja is one of a kind to the celebrations of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the nation of Nepal. It is the main Vedic celebration that is committed to the Sun God, who should be the wellspring everything being equal and Chhathi Maiya (another name for Goddess Usha from the Vedic time frame). The divine force of light, vitality and life drive is loved with the end goal to advance prosperity, improvement and the thriving of people. Through this celebration, individuals point towards expressing gratitude toward the Sun God for a time of four days. The fans who watch the quick amid this celebration are called Vrati.
Chhath Puja 2018 Dates
Customarily, this celebration is praised two times every year, once in the summers and the second time amid the winters. The Karthik Chhath is praised amid the long stretch of October or November and it is performed on Kartika Shukla Shashti which is the 6th day of the period of Karthika as indicated by the Hindu Calendar. Honored on the sixth Day after Diwali, another significant Hindu celebration, it, for the most part, falls amid the long stretch of October-November.
It is additionally commended amid the summers and that is regularly known as Chaiti Chhath. This is commended a couple of days after Holi.
The Chhath Puja is being commended more than four days this year, from eleventh to fourteenth November 2018, with Surya Shashthi (primary day) falling on 13th November 2018.
|Sunday||11 November 2018||Nahay-Khay|
|Monday||12 November 2018||Lohanda and Kharna|
|Tuesday||13 November 2018||Sandhya Argh|
|Wednesday||14 November 2018||Suryodaya/Usha Argh and Paran|
For what reason is the celebration named ‘Chhath’?
The significance of the word Chhath is six in Nepali or Hindi Language and as this celebration is commended on the 6th day of the long stretch of Karthika, the celebration is named the equivalent.
For what reason is Chhath Puja celebrated?
There are numerous accounts that go back to the starting point of Chhath Puja. It is accepted that in the old occasions, Chhath Puja was praised by Draupadi and the Pandavas of Hastinapur with the end goal to take care of their issues and recapture their lost kingdom. The mantras from the Rig Veda writings are recited while venerating the sun. Supposedly by, this Puja was first begun by Surya Putra Karna who managed over the Anga Desh (Bhagalpur in Bihar) amid the period of Mahabharata. The logical history or rather the yogic history goes back to the Early Vedic Period. Legend says that the sages and rishis of that period utilized this strategy with the end goal to limit from any outside methods for nourishment and gain vitality straightforwardly from the beams of the sun.
The Rituals of Chhath Puja
Chhathi Maiya, normally known as Usha, the more youthful sister of Surya (in the Vedas) is the goddess adored in this Puja. The Chhath celebration includes a few ceremonies, which are extensively harsher when contrasted with other Hindu celebrations. These normally include taking dunks in waterways or water bodies, strict fasting (one can’t savor water the whole procedure of fasting), standing and offering supplications in water, confronting the sun for extensive stretches and furthermore offering prashad to the sun at dawn and dusk.
On the principal day of the Puja, the enthusiasts need to take a dunk in the blessed stream and cook an appropriate feast for themselves. Kaddu Bhaat alongside Channa dal is a typical readiness on this day and it is cooked by utilizing mud or bronze utensils and mango wood over a mud stove. The women watching the quick can permit themselves just a single feast on this day.
Lohanda and Kharna
On the second day, the fans are to watch a quick for the whole day, which they can break only a while after dusk. The Parvaitins cook the entire Prasad all alone which incorporate kheer and chapattis and they break their quick with this Prasad, after which they need to quick without water for 36 hours.
The third day is spent by setting up the Prasad at home and after that at night, the whole family unit of the Vratins go with them to the stream bank, where they make contributions to the setting sun. The females, for the most part, wear sarees of turmeric yellow shading while at the same time making their contributions. The nights are improved even with the eager society tunes.
Here, on the last day, every one of the enthusiasts goes to the riverbank before dawn to make contributions to the rising sun. This celebration closes when the Vratins break their 36 hours quick (called Paran) and the relatives approach their home to have a lot of Prasad.
Sustenance During Chhath Puja
The Chhath Prasad is generally arranged with rice, wheat, dry natural products, new organic products, nuts, jaggery, coconut and parts and heaps of ghee. One vital thing in regards to the suppers arranged amid Chhath is that they are arranged totally without salt, onion, and garlic.
Thekua is an extraordinary piece of the Chhath Puja and it is essentially a treat made with entire wheat flour which you should definitely attempt in the event that you visit the place amid the celebration.
The Significance of the Chhath Puja
Aside from religious centrality, there are a lot of logical actualities joined to these customs. The enthusiasts, for the most part, ask at the riverbank amid dawn or dusk and it is experimentally sponsored up with the way that, the sun oriented vitality has the least level of the Ultraviolet radiations amid these two timings and it is extremely gainful for the body. This conventional celebration showers upon your energy and aids in detoxifying your psyche, soul and body. It evacuates all the negative energies in your body by revering the intense sun.
Chhath Puja 2018 Wishes
Video of Chhat Puja
Here is a video by Bihar Tourism which wholes up the celebration in the entirety of its brilliance. Appreciate!