If you live in India then you would have heard the name of this festival called Chhat Puja. The festival is celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. People who migrated from these places to other cities in India also celebrated in India and they always try to be at home during Chhat Puja. The celebrations of this festival are grand. In this article, we have mentioned some of the information about Chhat Puja so that you are also aware of the culture of India.
The festival is basically dedicated to the Sun and the wife of Sun, Usha. The reason why Chhat is celebrated is to express the gratitude towards Usha and Sun for the unlimited blessings and offers to earth. This is probably the only Hindu festival where no Idol is worshipped.
Talking about the celebrations, it is known that the festival is celebrated four days and during these four days, multiple rituals are carried out. The festival also includes taking a holy dip in the river and fasting for along duration. During the fast, the devotee is not allowed to have water either. In addition to this, Prasad and Arghya are offered to the sun during the sunrise. Religious march is also quite common in the morning. All these rituals make the celebrations grand. It should also be noted that as per most of the environmentalists, Chhat Puja is one of the most eco-friendly festivals in India.
In terms of rituals, you may observe that there are different rituals in different states. For example, in adifferent region of Bihar, the festival is celebrated differently, like in Northern Bihar, the rituals are to be followed very strictly but in Southern Region of Bihar, the rituals are followed in a little liberal fashion. The modernization has impacted the celebrations as well. Ideally, the Prasad of the festival should be cooked on an earthen stove with help of wooden fuel but because of increasing modernization and environmental concerns, people have started using modern day LPG stove to make Prasad. But more or less, the rituals remain the same.
The festival’s date are not fixed as per the English calendar but the dates are fixed as per the Hindu calendar. In addition to this, the festival is celebrated on Kartika Shukla shashthi. This means that Chhat Puja is celebrated on every 6th day of Kartika Month in the Vikram Samvat. Generally, it has been observed that Chhat is celebrated in October or November as per the English calendar. In 2017, the dates for Chat Puja were 26th October and 27th October however, the actual celebrations started on 24th October and the festival was celebrated until the end of 27th October. Below I have shared the Chhath Pooja Date for 2018 so that you can prepare yourself for the Chhat Puja 2018.
Chhat Puja 2018 Date & Day
Date: 13th November 2018
This festival is celebrated 4 days here is the all dates of the festival accordingly.
|Festival Day||Day||Date of Festival||Custom|
|Chhat Puja Day 1 – Chaturthi||Sunday||11th November 2018||Nahay Khay|
|Chhat Puja Day 2 – Panchmi||Monday||12th November 2018||Lohanda and Kharna|
|Chhat Puja Day 3 – Sasthi||Tuesday||13th November 2018||Chhath Puja, Sandhya Arghya|
|Chhat Puja Day 4 – Saptmi||Wednesday||14th November 2018||Usha Arghya, Parana Day|
If you have never witnessed Chhat Puja then you must take out time and visit Bihar during the Chhat puja and experience this magical India during Chhat Puja. It is an experience that you will remember throughout your life because of the scale of celebrations and the rituals followed during the festival.