About Chhath puja 2018
Chhath is associate degree ancient Hindu religious text pageant traditionally native to Japanese province, the northern province of Bharat and Mithila State of the Asian nation. The Chhath Puja is devoted to the Sun and his partner Usha so as to impart them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of bound needs. This pageant is determined by Nepalese folks and Indian folks, at the side of their diaspora.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Chhath Puja is one in all the non-secular festivals of Bharat. If you’re juggling with dates and broody once is Chhath Puja, then it’s to tell you that this year the pageant goes to be celebrated on thirteenth Gregorian calendar month 2018. throughout the four long-days of Chhath Puja, devotees worship Lord Hindu deity.
History of Chhath Puja
It is said that the rituals of Chhatth Puja may even date back to the ancient era, in which it finds a mention in the ancient Vedas, as the Rigveda features hymns adulating the Lord Surya and exemplifies similar customs. The custom also finds a reference in the Sanskrit Epic poem of Mahabharata in which Draupadi is described as observing the same rituals.
According to the poem, Draupadi and Pandavas- the rulers of Indraprastha (today’s Delhi), performed the rituals of Chhath Puja on the recommendation of noble sage Dhaumya. Through the adulation of Lord Surya (Sun), Draupadi not just came out of all her troubles, but also helped the Pandavas regain their lost kingdom later.
The yogic or scientific history of Chhath Puja dates back to the Vedic times. The rishis of yesteryears used this method to remain alive without any external intake of food and were able to obtain energy from the sunlight. This was done through the rituals of the Chhath Puja.
Another history reflecting the significance of Chhath Puja is the story of Lord Rama. It is believed that Lord Rama & Mata Sita had kept fast together and offered puja to the Lord Surya in the month of Kartik (in between October and December) in Shukla Paksha during their coronation after returning to Ayodhya from an exile of 14 years. Since then Chhath Puja became the important and traditional festival in the Hindu religion. It started celebrating every year in the same month on the same date by people in the Hindu religion.
Kartika Chhath Puja 2018:
|11 November 2018||Sunday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|12 November 2018||Monday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|13 November 2018||Tuesday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|14 November 2018||Wednesday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
Kartika Chhath Puja 2017:
|24th October 2017||Tuesday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|25th October 2017||Wednesday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|26th October 2017||Thursday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|27th October 2017||Friday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
Kartika Chhath Puja Date 2016:
|4th November 2016||Friday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|5th November 2016||Saturday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|6th November 2016||Sunday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|7th November 2016||Monday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
During the festival, fasting is observed by lady folks or married women for the well-being of their sons and the happiness of family members. This festival is mainly celebrated in the state of Bihar and adjoining Nepal with great fervor and fun.
The festival takes place for four days, the very first day of Chhath is called Nahay Khay. On this day, the devotees take a holy dip into the water, especially into the river Ganga and take only single meal on this day (the women folk who observe the fast).
The second day of the festival is called Kharna. On this day, the fasting without any drop of water is observed from the sunrise to the sunset. The fast is broken in the evening just after the sunset and making as well as offering food to the Sun God. After having Prasad on the second day, the third day’s fasting begins.
On the third day, a day-long fast is observed without taking water. The third day is the main day of Chhat Puja known as Sanjhiya Ghat. Offering Arghya to the setting sun is the essence of this day. It is the only time of the year on which people worship the setting Sun and offer Arghya. The third day’s fasting goes on throughout the night. On the next day after sunrise the Parna begins.
On the fourth or can say the final day of Chhath, people offer Arghya to the rising Sun, which is called Usha Argya. After Arghya, the 36 hours long fast is broken.
On the sixth day of the Hindu month of Kartika, which falls in October or November on the Gregorian Calendar, it’s Chhath Puja, a major Hindu festival. Chhath Puja is marked with an official one-day public holiday in some states in India.
The Chhath Puja festival runs for four days straight. It is a day dedicated to the worship of the sun god, a time when devotees pray to him, thank him for life on earth, and ask him for health and wealth for themselves and their families. Many also bathe in the Ganges River, the waters of which are considered holy.
Some devotees also fast from food and water during Chhath Puja, mimicking the legend of the fast of Rama and Sita to honour the sun god, as recorded in the Ramayana. And the Mahabharata tells another legend of Karna, said to be the offspring of the sun god, praying to the sun god while standing in water, which helps explain the holy dip in the Ganges tradition.