New Delhi, Oct 26: Amid strains of folk songs dedicated to the Sun God and aroma of traditional offerings filling the air, the four-day Chhath festival began on Tuesday.
Chhath will also be observed in Jharkhand and for the celebration, the ghats in the cities Hazaribagh, Daltonganj and Deoghar have been decked up. The devotees offer arghya (Prayers) to the setting sun on October 26 and the rising sun on October 27 in succession on the last two days of the puja.
Find below the sunrise and sunset timings in Hazaribagh, Daltonganj and Deoghar here:
|City||Sunset on Oct 26||Sunrise on Oct 27|
|Hazaribagh||5.13 pm||5.52 am|
|Daltonganj||5.18 pm||5.57 am|
|Deoghar||5.08 pm||5.47 am|
The puja is observed mainly by the people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchalis. The first day of Chhath puja marks the ritual of Nahai-Khai when devotees prepare traditional food after bathing.
The second day is called ‘Kharna’, during which devotees observe a day-long fast which ends with sunset. They then cook kheer (pudding) and roti on earthen chullahs, which is then distributed as prasad.
On the third day, the devotees stand in water and offer Arghya to the setting sun. On the final day of the puja, they converge at river banks before sunrise and offer Arghya to the rising sun in wicker baskets.
Vegetables, fruits and other natural products are offered to the Sun God on the last two days, and thekua – a delicacy made out of fine flour, ghee and sugar — is the main prasad, which is then distributed after the offerings.
Markets in the city are wearing colourful look, with big bunches of bananas and citrus fruits on sale as customers jostled to buy those in wholesale.
(With inputs from agencies)