Chhath Puja 2018 Day 4: Significance of the festival, Usha Arghya Puja Vidhi
Chhath Puja 2018: Significance of the festival
Chhath Puja is a four-day long festival which carries out the great enthusiasm in many followers, especially in people belonging to the North Indian states. The festival is observed most elaborately in Madhesh (southern) region of Nepal and Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Stating a fact here, environmentalists claim that Chhath is the most eco-friendly Hindu festival. The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun and his wives Usha and Sangya or Sandhya in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
Chhath meaning 'sixth' falls on the sixth day of the month of Kartika as per the Lunar calendar.
Chhath Puja 2018: Usha Arghya Puja Vidhi
On the fourth day of Chhath Puja, Usha Arghya is performed. Usha Arghya (morning offerings) or Bhorwa Ghat: The offering given to the Sun God in the morning is called Bihaniya Arghya or morning offering. The vrattis and the family members again gather at the bank of the river early in the morning and sit until the sun rises. They sing and worship Chhati Maiya. When the sun rises, the morning arghya is offered by going into the water with arghyas kept in sauri or supali. After morning offerings, the vratti distribute Prasad among each other and take blessings from elders on the ghat. After that, they come back to home.
After returning from the ghat, vrattis break their 36-hour long fast by taking ginger and water. After that delicious food is prepared and offered to the vratti to eat. This is called Paran or Parna. As they fast for a very long period, they usually take light food on that day.
This way the four-day long Chhath Puja is concluded.
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