Devotees throng river banks, ponds

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Nov 18, 2015-

Chhath, a major festival among Madhesi communities, has been observed across the country on Tuesday.

Hindu devotees in Tarai districts, including those from hilly origin, celebrated the festival offering prayers to the Sun. Banks of rivers pools and ponds in Parsa, Dhanusha, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Siraha, Sunsari along with several other districts are decorated and special shines are prepared to offer Argha to the setting sun on the main day of this year’s Chhath.

During the festival, devotees offer Thekuwa, Bhusawa, banana, coconut, ginger, fruits and sweets to the god. They also worship of Chhati Mata (ancient Vedic goddess), offering Argha to the setting and rising sun. Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God and Chhathi Mata.

People fasting for the festival thronged rivers, pools and ponds in several Tarai districts. Manisha Lamichhane of Birgunj-17 said she observed fast and offered puja to Chhati Mata after her wishes came true. “People from hilly origin in Tarai are also celebrating the festival in a grand way,” she said.

However, due to prolonged Tarai unrest and undeclared blockade by India, the number of people observing the festival on river banks has substantially decreased in comparison to the previous years.

Chhath festival began on Sunday. During the festival, devotees take a holy bath in Chaturthi only by consuming consecrated food items. They observe fast on the day of Kartik Shukla Panchami and offer rice pudding to the Moon on the same evening.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)

Published: 18-11-2015 08:30

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