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Why has the Chhath festival gained such reverence?

prasad1

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An ancient festival of the country, Chhath is dedicated to the Sun god, with devotees giving thanks to Chhathi Maiya for sustaining life on earth​




Devotees perform rituals on the first day of the 'Chhath Puja' on the banks of river Ganga in Patna, Nov. 8, 2021; (ANI Photo)


all of India’s festivals, Chhath, dedicated to the Sun god, has a special place among the people of Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Nepal.


The festival sees devotees taking a holy dip, fasting and abstaining from drinking water (vrat), standing in water to pray and pay obeisance, and offering prasad (prayer offerings) and arghya (commodity offering) to the rising and setting sun.
Chhath, however, is not limited to just the Hindi heartland now, as Indians across the globe celebrate the festival. The festival is celebrated elaborately in countries like Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Surinam and Jamaica.

 
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