Chhath Puja 2021 Date in India: According to mythological beliefs, Chhath Maiya is the sister of Sun God. It is said that the person who performs the ritualistic worship of Lord Surya during this period, fasts, gets the blessings of Chhath Maiya.
Chhath Puja 2021: Chhath Puja begins on the sixth day of Kartik Shukla Paksha. This festival continues for four consecutive days. This festival is celebrated in North India especially in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The members of the family do Chhath Puja together. According to mythological beliefs, Chhath Maiya is the sister of Sun God. It is said that the person who performs the ritualistic worship of Lord Surya during this period, fasts, gets the blessings of Chhath Maiya. Due to which happiness remains in his family. This time Chhath festival will be celebrated from November 8 to November 11.
Significance of Chhath Puja: Everyone has their own reason for performing Chhath Puja. But mainly this worship is done for happiness and prosperity in the household. It is believed that a person who worships the Sun God gets good health. Also, there is never any shortage of money and food in his house. Chhath Maiya is also considered to give happiness to children. It is said that by performing Chhath Puja every wish of a person is fulfilled.
How is the festival of Chhath celebrated? The festival of Chhath Puja is mainly celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik Shukla Paksha. But it starts from Chaturthi Tithi. The first day of Chhath festival begins with a bath. On this day fasting people take bath and wear new clothes and eat pure food. First of all the fasting people eat food, after that other people of the house take food.
The second day of Chhath Puja is called Kharna. On this day fasting is to be observed for the whole day and food is taken in the evening. Food and water are not taken on this day till evening. In the evening, kheer made of rice and jaggery is made. After eating kheer, a strict fast of 36 hours is kept and preparations are made for the offerings of Chhath Puja.
There is a law to offer Arghya to the setting sun on the third day of Chhath Puja. On this day the offerings of Chhath Puja are made in which the main offering is Thekua. Rice laddus are also made on this day. The prasad prepared and the fruits are decorated in bamboo baskets. In the evening, standing in a river, pond, pond etc., salutation is done while offering arghya to the setting sun. At the time of Arghya, water and milk are offered to the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya is worshiped with a soup filled with prasad. On this day, songs of Chhathi Mata are sung in the night and fast story is heard.
Arghya is offered to the rising sun in the morning on the last day of Chhath festival. On this day, devotees reach the river Ghat before sunrise and offer Arghya to the Sun God. Wishing the family happiness from Chhath Mata. After the puja, the prasad is distributed among all. Vratis complete the fast by drinking raw milk syrup and eating some prasad.