New Delhi, Oct 25: The month of Kartik is a very popular one in India as many important festivals fall in this holy month. Diwali, Chatt Puja, Govardhan Puja, Bhai Dooj, Karwa Chauth are a few which merit mention. Many devotees do 'kartik snan' for one complete month.
After Diwali Chhath, a popular festival of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. The person who fasts,mostly the eldest woman of the house, fasts for nearly three days.
The Puja is observed to thank the Sun God for his protection and seek his blessings along with good health and happiness. It is celebrated on the sixth day in the month of Kartik of the Hindu calendar.
Chaath Puja has four main pujas, the first is 'nahay Khai' when after cleaning the kitchen gram dal and rice is prepared on wooden fire (October 24). Next is 'kharna' whn rice is prepared with jaggery (October 25). Third is the first 'araghya' when the setting Sun is worshipped (October 26) and the final is the morning 'araghya' (October 27) The festival concludes after these four rituals.
This year, Chhath Puja begins on October 24 and will continue till October 27. The main puja will be observed on October 26th and 27th October.
The Shashthi Tithi will begin at 9:37 am on October 25 and finish at 12:15 pm on October 26. On the day of the main puja, the sun is expected to rise at 6:41 am, while sunset will likely happen at 6:05 pm.