Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Chhat Puja is one of the religious festivals of India. If you are juggling with dates and pondering when is Chhat Puja, then it is to inform you that this year the festival is going to be celebrated on 4th November 2016. During the four long-days of Chhath Puja, devotees worship Lord Surya.
|10th April 2016||Sunday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|11th April 2016||Monday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|12th April 2016||Tuesday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|13th April 2016||Wednesday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
|4th November 2016||Friday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|5th November 2016||Saturday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|6th November 2016||Sunday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|7th November 2016||Monday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
|24th October 2017||Tuesday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|25th October 2017||Wednesday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|26th October 2017||Thursday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|27th October 2017||Friday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
|15th Nov 2015||Sunday||Nahay Khay||Chaturthi|
|16th Nov 2015||Monday||Lohanda and Kharna||Panchami|
|17th Nov 2015||Tuesday||Sandhya Arghya||Shashthi|
|18th Nov 2015||Wednesday||Usha Arghya, Parana Day||Saptami|
During the festival, fasting is observed by lady folks or married women for the well-being of their sons and the happiness of family members. This festival is mainly celebrated in the state of Bihar and adjoining Nepal with great fervor and fun.
The festival takes place for four days, the very first day of Chhath is called Nahay Khay. On this day, the devotees take a holy dip into the water, especially into the river Ganga and take only single meal on this day (the women folk who observe the fast).
The second day of the festival is called Kharna. On this day, the fasting without any drop of water is observed from the sunrise to the sunset. The fast is broken in the evening just after the sunset and making as well as offering food to the Sun God. After having Prasad on the second day, the third day’s fasting begins.
On the third day, a day-long fast is observed without taking water. The third day is the main day of Chhat Puja known as Sanjhiya Ghat. Offering Arghya to the setting sun is the essence of this day. It is the only time of the year on which people worship the setting Sun and offer Arghya. The third day’s fasting goes on throughout the night. On the next day after sunrise the Parna begins.
On the fourth or can say the final day of Chhath, people offer Arghya to the rising Sun, which is called Usha Argya. After Arghya, the 36 hours long fast is broken.