It is believed that there are 33 Crore Gods and Goddess in Hindu Mythology. And each type of god or goddess is worshiped with proper devotions and dedications. And the rituals are mostly region specific. All these types make a long list of rituals or Puja in Hindu religion.
Chhath Puja is one of the which is celebrated with strong devotion and dedication. Goddess “Chhathi Maiya” is worshiped during this puja. Chhathi Maiya is known as the beloved youngest wife of God SURYA the SUN god. And the only ritual which signifies both the rising and setting SUN. The rituals of this day is to wake up early in the morning, take a holy bath in the river and keep fast for whole day, during this whole event devotees follow a pure and clean lifestyle for four days even people do not drink water and they keep themselves standing in the water for a long time. End of the fourth day they all come to the river bank and offer their prayers to SUN. They take the holy bath during sunset and sunrise. The process of the holy bath during sunset and sunrise has resembled with the Cycle of Life started with Death. They offer “Prasad” and “Aragha” to the rising sun, They pray for the well-being, success and progress of their family members, friends, and elders.
According to the Hinduism, Sun worship is related to the cure of a range of diseases such as leprosy, etc. It is celebrated in the various states of India like Bihar, UP, Jharkhand, and Nepal. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on 6th day of the month of “Kartika” (month of October or November).
About Arup Biswas
I am a Passionate Street and Travel Photographer from Siliguri, West Bengal. A Computer Teacher by profession. My interest in photography developed at very small age while playing around with a small film camera and Compact Digital Camera. I bought my First DSLR Camera in 2010 and started taking pictures on street and different type of Landscapes, Unaware of the concept of photography. I am a self-taught photographer. I worked on my skills through images of famous photographers in street and travel photography genre.
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