Chhat Puja celebrated with traditional gaiety

From Our Correspondent

TEZU, Nov 14: Chhat Puja, also called Chhetri, Chatt Prav Chhath Maiya, Dala Chhath, Dala Puja and Surya Shashthi, dedicated to Sun God (Surya), was celebrated with much gusto and traditional gaiety here on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thousands of north Indian devotees, particularly of Bihar and UP origin, offered prayers with basket full of fruits and sweets to Sun in the wee hour standing in cold of mighty Lohit River.  Some old devotees were seen crawling all the way from their home to the site to seek blessing for good health and happiness.

Chhath in Bhojpuri language means sixth day. The day is thus celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik month in Hindu lunar calendar, mainly in northern India. The main celebration, called Surya Shashthi (Sunset) was on Wednesday evening and during sunrise on Thursday morning.

Local devotees from other communities joined their north India counterparts to fulfill their wishes and aspirations.

Agriculture Minister Dr Mohesh Chai and his spouse Sujan Chai recently paid obeisance to the sun and took part in yagnya at the same site for peace, prosperity, happiness and well being of the mankind.

The district administration together with Chhat Puja Celebration Committee made elaborate arrangement on the bank of the river, called Tezu Khola for smooth celebration. PHED, Power, PWD, Police and others worked around the clock to ensure hassle free Puja.

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