The word Chhath originates from the Sanskrit word Sashti which means the Mother Goddess or the Maiya of the infants.
The Goddess of Chhath is deemed as Chhathi Maiya or the Mother Goddess Chhathi. This festival is mainly dedicated to Surya Dewata.
Chhath Puja is the most prominent festival which is celebrated in the North Indian state of Bihar and certain regions of Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Chhath is a famous festival which starts on the 6th day of the Hindu calendar month “Kartika”.
This festival is dedicated to the worship of the Sun god and his wife Usha. This festival is celebrated to thank god for supporting life on earth and to seek the blessing of divine Sun god and his wife.
It is one of the famous festivals which are celebrated in Nepal, Bihar and many other destinations of India including Jharkhand, eastern UP, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Bangalore, Chhattisgarh and regions of Nepal.
It is celebrated at the sixth of the month of Karthika in the Vikram Samvat. Chhath Puja is also celebrated in the summers after Holi but the Chhath which is celebrated in Kathika month has more importance and is ardently followed by people. However, people living away from their hometowns travel in large number during this festival to thier hometown.
Chhath Puja are crafted in a way which involves optimum absorption of Calcium & Vitamin D into the body which is really beneficial for the women.
This is the festival mainly dedicated to the Surya Dewata also called Chhathi Maiya. It is one of the major festivals of Hindu religions. According to Ramayan, when Bhagwan Ram and Sita Maiya returned to Ayodhya, they celebrated Diwali, and after six days Ramrajya was established. On that day Sita Maiya & Bhagwan Ram kept fast and Chhath Puja was performed by Sita Maiya.
According to the Hindu religion, It is believed that worshipping the god and goddess is to protect the offspring and give long life to them.
Chhath Puja is the best way to get your body detoxified as taking dips in water and exposing the body to sun increases the flow of solar bio electricity which improves the functionality of human body. It is also said that Chhath Puja helps to kills the harmful bacteria and prepares the body for the upcoming winter season.
Chhath Puja Related with Ramayana
It is believed that Lord Rama is associated with the inception of Chhath Puja. It is said that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya then he and his wife Sita observed a fast in honor of the Sun god and broke it only with the setting sun. It is one such ritual which is subsequently evolved in Chhath Puja.
Day1: Naha Kha
It falls on the first day of Chhath. On this day, the house is cleaned and after bathing, food is kept to the god and after that only eaten.
On this day, The devotees are not allowed even to drink a drop of water. In the evening, they eat kheer, fruits, etc.
Day3: Sandhya Arghya
On the third day of Chhath Puja, an Arghya is offered to the Surya Dewata and worshipped with Dhoop and light the Diyas.
Day4: Usha Arghya
The last day of Chhath Puja is known as Usha Arghya. An Arghya is offered to the Surya Dewata before sunrise, the devotees go to the riverbank to offer an Arghya to the rising sun. After that, they pray to Chhathi Maiya to protect the offspring and give long life.
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