Chhath Puja celebrated in Dimapur

Chhath Puja celebrated in Dimapur
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DIMAPUR, November 13: Thousands of people thronged to river banks in Dimapur to celebrate the premier festival of north India, Chhath Puja on Tuesday evening. People from Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and other parts of north India converged on the banks of River Dhansiri and other water sources in large number and paid obeisance to the setting Sun.
Chhath festival is celebrated as a thanksgiving to the Sun God for giving the bounties of life on earth and for fulfillment of wishes of believers. It is a festival of reverence to the solar deity, the only festival in the world where devotees offer salutations to the setting sun and then again ends with offering prayers to the rising Sun the following morning.
On Tuesday, the devotees reached the river bank clad in beautiful clothes, carrying basket full of fruits, sweets and preparations made of whole wheat and prayed to the Sun God till sunset.
After paying obeisance to the setting sun today, the devotees returned to their respective home where another ritual was performed. Women prepared a canopy of sugar-cane and lit earthen lamps underneath and sang hymns in praise of Sun God and Chhathi Devi, maintaining strict fast.
Women fast continuously for 3 days and break their fast on the 3rd day after offering prayers to the rising sun.
The festival will end early Wednesday morning when devotees would go back to the river banks and welcome the sun with folded hands. They offer ‘Arghya’ and chant mantras and hymns from the Rig Veda and commence the puja. The devotees break the fast after the Sun rises.
Chhath is the festival of truth, non-violence, forgiveness and compassion. Chhath is the only time when the setting sun as apposed to its rising is celebrated for its glory as the cycle of birth starts with death.
The Nagaland Bhojpuri Samaj had made elaborate arrangements at the banks of River Dhansiri for the devotees to offer prayers. For the past few days, the members of NBS had cleared up the riverbanks and allotted space to the devotees for offering prayers, which was appreciated by the devotees. On Tuesday the members of NBS were seen helping the devotees and also maintaining traffic flow towards the river bank and streamlined parking of vehicles in Urra Village.
Reports of Chhath Puja celebrations from various parts of Dimapur also came in where hundreds of devotes gathered at ponds or water sources and prayed to the Sun God.
(Page News Service)