New Delhi, Oct 25: Slowly but steadily, Chhath is becoming popular all across India, and even on foreign shores now. Delhi government has even declared a holiday and this underlines the importance it has attained in the national capital. There are three popular tales that go along with the celebration of Chhath.
The first Story:Many ask that if we worship the Sun God in Chhath then who exactly is Chhath Maiya. Chhath is a festival where we worship the Sun God. Chhath Maiya is considered to be the greatest devotee of Sun God. SO Chhath Maiya is supposed to carry our prayers to the Sun God.
The Second Story: The history of Chhath Puja has its roots in the two epics Mahabharat and Ramayan. It is believed that Draupadi along with the Pandavas, upon advice from the noble sage Dhaumya, performed Chhath Puja. As she worshipped the Sun God, Draupadi saw all her problems disappear and the Pandavas were able to win back their lost kingdom.
The Third Story: Another belief is that as Sita was returning to Aodhya with Lord Ram, she observed a fast and prayed to the Sun God in the month of Kartik. Chhath Puja has become a significant festival for Hindus ever since.
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.