Happy Chhath Puja : On this day, devotees pray to the deities and show gratitude to the life-sustaining force on this planet.
Chhath Puja, a popular Hindu festival, is dedicated to the Sun God, known as Surya, and his wife Chhathi Maiyya or Usha. Chhath puja is celebrated for four days, after Diwali. Every year, it falls on the 6th day of the Kartikeya month of the Hindu calendar. Celebrated with much festivity in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Nepal, devotees gather near water bodies such as dams, lakes and rivers to pray, as this festival does not have any idolatry.
The festival finds a mention in both epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Ramayana, it is said that Sita performed Surya Shashthi or Chhath Puja on the day Ramrajya was established, whereas in Mahabharata, the puja was performed by Kunti (mother of the Pandavas) after they escaped from Lakshagrih, on the banks on Ganga.
Chhath Puja is a four-day-long auspicious festival which is celebrated with much pomp across the country. It is marked six days after Diwali and on the sixth day of the Kartik Shukla. This year, it will be celebrated on October 30. It begins with Nahay Khay (October 28), followed by Kharna (October 29) and ends with Usha Arghya (October 31). People worship the Sun God (Lord Surya) and Chhathi Maiya on this day and ask for their blessings and the prosperity of their families and children. Devotees also observe a 36-hour-long arduous nirjala vrat (fast without food and water) during Chhath and give Arghya to the sun. Chhath Puja is unique to Bihar, Jharkhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
People are all set to enjoy the festival with a lot of fervour and excitement. People fast for the good health of their families and children. People worship the Sun God and Chhathi Maiya during Chhath Puja. This festival is generally celebrated in the eastern UP region, Bihar and parts of Nepal. People dress in new clothes and women wear their jewellery during this time. The puja is done in a grand manner.
Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival predominantly observed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand. On this day Sun God is worshiped with prayers and religious rituals.
Considered to be one of the most eco-friendly religious festivals, Chhath Puja lasts for 4 days. It is celebrated twice a year in the months of Chaitra and Kartika.
The festival begins 6 days after the Diwali festival.
People also worship Chhathi Maiya, the sister of the Sun God.
Happy Chhath Puja History
It is believed that Chhath Puja is in practice since Vedic ages.
Many stories around Chhath Puja are narrated and shared among people. It is said that Karna, who was the son of the Sun, performed this puja. Karna was the king of Anga Desh, which is believed to be present day Bhagalpur in Bihar.
It is also said that Draupadi had also observed this fast in order to beat the obstacles and hurdles that had come in hers and Pandavas’ life. It is also said that Sita was blessed with Luv and Kush after she did the Chhath Puja.
Happy Chhath Puja Significance
On this day people worship the Sun God and thank him for the bountiful blessings he has bestowed on the earth. The Sun is the primary source of energy for our planet. Every organism, giant or small, visible or invisible, mobile or immobile gets energy from the Sun. On Chhath Puja this supreme power is worshiped with sincere devotion.
Happy Chhath Puja Facts
Chhath is observed twice a year. The Chhath which is observed in the month of Chaitra is called the Chaiti Chhath and the Chhath which is observed in the month of Kartik is considered to be the biggest one.
While in recent days both men and women are seen fasting during this festival, but the main worshippers are mainly said to be women. Those who fast are known as parvaitin.
Happy Chhath Puja Rituals
The puja is observed for four days.
The first day is called Nahaay Khay. On this day, people take a holy bath and clean their entire house and the living premises.
Following this, a pure satwik meal comprising lauki or bottle gourd, bengal gram lentils are prepared. This is served along with rice to the deity as prasad or bhog. The worshiper consumes this prasad and begins the fast.
The second day is called Rasiaav-Roti or Lohanda. This is also called Kharna. On this day, the worshiper abstains from even having a drop of water. In the evening they have rasiaav or a kheer made of jaggery and roti.
The third day is called Sanjhka Aragh. In the entire day, people made prasad or bhog for the deity and in the evening they offer these to the Sun as Arghya. The Arghya is offered at a riverbank, or pond. People who do not have access to riverbanks, make a temporary pond and offer the Arghya to the Sun.
The prasad or the bhog that is offered to the Sun comprises Thekua, Khajuria, Tikri and other food items prepared with fruits, coconut and banana as main ingredients. These foods are strictly vegetarian and are cooked without onion and garlic. During the entire puja, non-vegetarian food items are not allowed within the household.
The fourth day is called Bhorka Aragh. This is the same as the third day, except the arghya is offered to the rising Sun. After this the worshippers break the fast.
Why is Chhath Puja celebrated?
Chhath Puja is celebrated to thank the Sun God and offer him gratitude. People also worship Chhathi Maiya, the sister of the Sun God.
What are the rituals observed during Chhath Puja?
Chhath Puja lasts for four days. People abstain from consuming food and do not even drink a drop of water during the fasting period. Prasad or Arghya is offered to the Sun God and worshippers seek blessings and long life for their family.
Happy Chhath Puja Quotes and Wishes
“May you and your loved ones be showered with blessings on this auspicious day. Happy Chhauth Day.”
“On the occasion, let’s pray to Lord Surya to shine his blessings and fill our homes with happiness and prosperity. Jappy Chhath Puja to you.”
“May the positivity of Chhath Puja spread in your life and fill it with success and glory. Happy Chhauth Puja to you and your loved ones.”
“All that exists was born from the Sun, there is nothing apart from it. Sending you blessings and love on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja.”
“Chhath Puja is the day to thank Surya Dev for prosperity, peace and kindness. Happy Chhath Puja.”
“Let us all pray to Sun God and Chhathi Maiya and ask for blessings, happiness, success and prosperity in life. Chhath Puja ki shubh kamnayein.”
“Chhath Puja ke paavan parva par, karo milke Surya Dev ko pranam aur bolo sukh shnati dey apaar. Happy Chhath Puja.”
“May the positivity of Chhath Puja spread in your life and fill it with success and glory. Happy Chhath Puja to you and your loved ones.”
“May this occasion of Chhath Puja light up new hopes and opportunities in your life and fulfil all your dreams and leave you with a smile.”
“Remove all negativities and embrace only goodness. May Chhath Puja bring you happiness in abundance.”
“It is a day to offer Arghya to Sun God,
and thank him with all your heart.
May your fast bring you joy. Happy Chhath Puja.”
“Let us decorate this festival celebration with wishes of success, prosperity and happiness for everyone before golden sunrise. Happy Chhath Puja.”
“The Sun God is always there to shine upon us, so pray with full dedication. Happy Chhath Puja.”
“May You Be Showered With Good Health and Wealth on the Auspicious Festival of Chhath. Happy Nahay Khay!”
“Let us pray to Sun God at sunrise and sunset, standing in the river and thanking them for all their blessings to make this the most memorable and meaningful Chhath Puja for all.”
“May Chhathi Maiya is always there to bless us and Sun God is always there to guide us towards a happier life. Warm wishes on Chhath Puja.”
“This Chhath Puja, May You Be Showered With Chhati Maiyya and Surya Devta’s Choicest Blessings. Happy Nahay Khay!”
“Chhath Puja Is About Sincere Devotion, Perseverance, Faith and One’s Belief. May You Be Showered With Happiness and Prosperity. May the Warm Rays of the Sun God Light Up Your Life. Happy Nahay Khay!”
“May you and your loved ones are showered with the love and blessings of Chhath Mata on the occasion of Chhath Puja.”
“May the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja bring in your life prosperity and happiness.”
“May the positivity of Chhath Puja spread in your life and fill it with success and glory….. Happy Chhath Puja to you.”
“May the occasion of Chhath Puja light up new hopes and opportunities in your life and fulfill all your dreams and leave you with smile.”
“May Chhath Mata be always there to keep you on the right path and always bring you happiness and smiles in life. Wishing a very Happy Chhath Puja to my dear ones.”
“On the occasion of Chhath Puja, I wish that Chhath Mata blesses you with new dreams and new aspirations to live a beautiful and happy life. Happy Chhath Puja to you.”
“Let us pray to God Sun at sunrise and sunset, standing in the river and thanking for all their blessings to make this as the most memorable and meaningful Chhath Puja for all.”
“May Chhathi Maiya be always there to bless us and God Sun is always there to guide us towards a happier life. Warm wishes on Chhath Puja.”
“May this Chhath Puja bring blessings and happiness in your way; may all your dreams come true and all evils be shed away. Happy Chhath Puja !”
“May the positivity of Chhath Puja spread in your life and fill it with success and glory. Happy Chhath Puja to you”
“May you get the full measure of serenity, happiness, wealth, and good health that you are due at this Chhath Puja, as well as the eradication of all your current issues. On this auspicious Chhath Puja day, here are my honest and heartfelt wishes for you. May God grant you all of these things.”
“On this Chhath puja, may chhathi Maiya give you the courage of a lion and the strength of an elephant. Happy Chhath.”
“God bless you with all of life’s joy and success on this auspicious day of the Chhathi Maiya Pooja celebration. May your future shine as brightly for us as the sun. May you achieve all of your goals and aspirations.”
“You have a special position in innumerable Chhath memories, in the numerous life lessons that have been taught via loving example, and in all the joyous and thankful emotions that Chhath evokes. I really hope you experience all the love and gratitude that is here for you right now and always.”
“I hope you and your family have a lot of pleasure and wealth during this auspicious event. Cheers to Chhath Puja!”
“On the day of Chhathi Pooja, we give thanks to the Sun for his generosity, peace, and goodwill toward everyone. Cheers to Chhath!”
“People revere God Sun for their goodness and seek after natural elements like the sun and rivers. On this day, women observe a severe fast and worship the Sun God while taking a sacred river bath! Cheers to Chhath!”
“It’s time to love and forgive during Chhathi Pooja. It’s time to display the joy and awe of being loved and loved in return. Cheers to Chhath!”
“I bring you my warmest wishes for a year filled with the joy, colour, and beauty of this festival on this auspicious day. Cheers to Chhath!”
“Long live the history of Hindu culture, as centuries have gone. Hindu culture is becoming stronger and stronger. On this Chhathi Maiya Pooja celebration, best wishes to you.”
“During this Chhathi Maiya Pooja event, my warmest wishes are with you and your family. May this auspicious festival’s spiritual spirit live on in your life and in your heart!”
“In this festival season and always, Chhathi Mata provides several spiritual benefits for our lives. You must fast and give thanks to God. Godspeed to you and your family! Cheers to Chhath Puja!”
“On the day of Chhath Puja, people take a sacred river bath. To express gratitude to God Sun for illuminating the land, they present arghya to him. It supports agricultural development and keeps the ecosystem in balance. Let’s rejoice at this lucky event and infuse positivity into our lives.”
“I hope that through enjoying this Chhat festival, you are able to purify your spirit. A very joyful and prosperous Chhath Puja to you!”
“Let’s enjoy and celebrate the Chhath celebration as it starts. bringing pleasure and happiness into our lives as God continues to prosper and reward us. Cheers to Chhath!”
“All the best on Chhath. May God accept our prayers and fasts, and may the benefits of the Chhath celebration be with each and every one of us!”
“Welcome to the Chhath celebration, my buddy. And I pray you refrain from engaging in any kind of sinful activity. Increase your gift to the sun. I send you my best wishes.”
“My sole desire for you this Chhath, my best friend, is that Chhathi Mata would pardon you. Increase your fasting and prayer offerings for her. Enjoy a happy Chhath!”