The four-day festival of Chhath Puja started from Tuesday, October 24, 2017, with ghats and river banks decked up for the festival. Chhath is one of the oldest Hindu festivals which is still celebrated with much pomp, fervour and enthusiasm. Chhath Puja is dedicated to Sun God and his wife Usha who is also called as Chhathi Maiya. The festival of Chhath finds mention in the earliest Vedic texts like Rigveda and is believed to have been observed by Lord Rama and Sita and Draupadi in the Mahabhrata. Chhath is the only festival which offers prayers to the setting, as well as the rising sun and offering known as ‘arghya’, are given to the Sun God.
People in large numbers gather near ponds, lakes and river banks to offer Chhath puja to the Sun God during the sunset and the sunrise. Chhath is one of the most important festivals of Bihar and hence, here we have outlined the sunset and sunrise timings for Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Chhapra, Arrah and other important cities of the state. Chhath Puja 2017 Songs: Best Devotional Bhajans And Geet By Sharda Sinha And Anuradha Paudwal To Pray To Chhathi Maiya And The Sun God
Chhath Puja 2017: October 26 Sunset and October 27 Sunrise Timings for Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Chhapra, Arrah, Baliya, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Katihar, Kishanganj, Madhubani and Motihari
|City||Sunset Timing on October 26||Sunset Timing on October 27|
|Patna||5:12 pm||5:54 am|
|Gaya||5:14 pm||5:54 am|
|Bhagalpur||5:05 pm||5:46 am|
|Chhapra||5:14 pm||5:56 am|
|Arrah||5:14 pm||5:56 am|
|Baliya||5:11 pm||5:51 am|
|Darbhanga||5:09 pm||5:52 am|
|Muzaffarpur||5:11 pm||5:54 am|
|Purnia||5:03 pm||5:45 am|
|Katihar||5:02 pm||5:44 am|
|Kishanganj||5:05 pm||5:47 am|
|Madhubani||5:08 pm||5:51 am|
|Motihari||5:12 pm||5:56 am|
In Patna the capital of Bihar, the sunset timing for October 26, 2017, is 5:12 pm and sunrise on October 27, 2017, is 5:54 am. Ganga ghats, Adalat ghat are the popular ghats that are favoured by the devotees offering Chhath puja. The banks of the river Ganges will see throngs of people who would converge to offer their prayers to the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya.
Gaya is another major city of Bihar where people observe Chhath puja in all its glory. The sunset timing for the arghya is 5:14 pm and sunrise timing is at 5:54 am for the city. Devghat, Brahmanighat, Pitamaheshwar Ghat, Suryapokhra, and ghats of Falgu River will see devotees coming in throngs to offer prayers to Sun God and Chhathi Maiya.
This year Chhath is being celebrated from October 24-27 with the arghya on October 26 and October 27. The first day of the Chhath festival is called ‘Nahai-Khai’ in which the devotees prepare traditional food after bathing and take one meal on this day. The second day called ‘Kharna’ the people observing Chhath fast for the whole day and eat kheer. Kheer, chappati and bananas are offered to family and friends after praying to the Sun and Moon. The devotees go on a fast without water for 36 hours after eating the Prasad/kheer. Sandhya Arghya is given by the vratins (person observing the Chhath puja fast) and family and friends assemble at the ghats and riverbanks to offer prayers to the setting sun. The next day is the Second Arghya where the rising sun is worshipped and Prasad made of seasonal fruits and ‘thekua’ is offered in wicker baskets.