The four-day ritual of Mahaparava Chhath (Chhath puja) of folk faith has begun with Nahay-Khay on Wednesday. On Wednesday (November 18) before the commencement of the Nirjala ritual, the Vrati will take a bath with purity, after which Arva will take offerings of rice, gram dal and pumpkin vegetable. From Wednesday morning, fasting was seen in the Ganges river, pond, pokhar etc. Most of the vratis were seen bathing at home due to Corona.
On November 19, Kharna will be performed, on November 20, the vrati will offer the sun to the sinking sun and on November 21 will conclude the Mahavrat with the offering to the rising sun. On the occasion of Chhat Mahaparva, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given his greetings and best wishes to the state and countrymen.
CM Nitish wishes all the best
CM Nitish said, ‘This mahaparva of folk faith is the festival of Atmanushasan, in which people offer arghya to the astral and rising Lord Surya with spiritual purification and serene mind. We wish Lord Bhaskar to maintain the progress, happiness, prosperity, peace and harmony of the state. There is an appeal to the people of the state to celebrate this mahaparva together with mutual love, mutual harmony and peace. ‘
|18 November||Wednesday||Bathing and eating||5:15 am|
|19 November||Thursday||To weed out||4:56 pm|
|20 November||Friday||Arghya to the setting sun||5:26 pm|
|21 November||Saturday||Arghya to the rising sun||6:49 am|
Chhath holiday in Delhi
The Delhi government has decided to declare Chhath Puja a public holiday on 20 November. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed the Chief Secretary on 16 November to issue a notification for a public holiday on 20 November on the occasion of the ‘important festival’ of Chhath Puja. Delhi BJP has targeted the AAP government here for banning Chhath Puja on river banks, temples and other public places.