NEW DELHI: On the occasion of eve of Chatth Puja, honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind sent his greetings to the people.
President Kovind said in a message, “On the occasion of Chhath Puja, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all our fellow citizens living in India and abroad.
Chhath Puja is one of the oldest festivals to be celebrated in the country. Its significance lies in offering ‘Arghya’ to the setting Sun. Devotees, after observing rigorous fast during the day, take holy bath in the waters of rivers and ponds in culmination of the festival. This festival is a unique expression of relations we share with Sun God and the nature.
May this festival strengthen our eternal relationship with nature that help us to protect our environment”.
Chatth Puja is one of the prominent festivals celebrated mostly in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. It traces its roots to the ancient Hindu Vedic tradition. This festival is celebrated to express gratitude and thanks to the solar diety ‘surya’ for its bounties. Besides, ‘surya’, ‘Chatti Maiya’ is worshipped as the mother goddess.
The rituals observed by the people in celebration of this festival includes fasting, abstaining from drinking water, holy bathing, standing in water, offering prayers and ‘arghya’ to the setting and rising sun.
This four-day festival is celebrated after Diwali and ends exactly on the sixth day after Diwali.
Last year, celebrations were effected because of the spread of Wuhan virus. Though this year, some concessions are granted by the government, it is necessary that appropriate covid behaviour is followed by everybody.