Chhath Puja 2017: Here are the Puja Vidhi, Surya Shashthi and Muhrat Timings of this festival
Chhath Puja 2017: Chhath Puja, also known as Pratihar, Surya Shashti, Chhathi and Dala Chhath, is a widely celebrated festival in India and Nepal . Chhath is a four-day festival in which prayers are offered to the Sun God – Lord Surya. Surya, the god of energy and of life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath Puja to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. This year, Chhath will be observed from October 24 to October 27. The rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days. The third day, known as Chhath, is considered the main day of the festival. People include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water, standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prashad and arghya to the setting and rising sun. People in the regions of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh offer their prayers and seek blessings from the Sun god Surya and his wife Usha.
The first day of pooja is known as ‘Nahay Khay’. On this day, people visit the holy water bodies and take a dip, specially river Ganga. Women observe fast and eat only a single meal.
Known as Lohanda, on the day two of the festival, fasting without water is observed from sunrise to sunset and is only broken after offering food to the Sun.
The third day, known as Chhath, is considered the main day of the festival and a fast without water is observed. Moreover, the fasting continues throughout the night and on the fourth day, Usha the 36 long hours fast is broken.
On the fourth day marks the end of the festival and offering are make to the rising sun.
As per Drikpanchang, muhurat timings for Chhatt Pooja are as follows:
Sunrise on Chhath Puja Day = 06:28
Sunset on Chhath Puja Day = 17:40
Shashthi Tithi Begins = 09:37 on 25/Oct/2017
Shashthi Tithi Ends = 12:15 on 26/Oct/2017