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Chhath pooja : A powerful hindu ritual

On the last day  of Hindus famous festival “CHHATH POOJA” the enthusiast devotees along with family and friends goes to river bank sunrise, in order to make the offerings (Arghya) to the rising sun.

Chhath Pooja is yet another main Hindu festival celebrated each year mainly in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.It is the most historic Hindu religion festival dedicated to the God of energy, also known as Dala Chhath or Surya Shashti. As we already know India constitutes a strong  cluster of cultural festivals in a diverse manner from its one state to other.People celebrate this festival to offer thanks to the Lord Surya for blessing the life on the earth as ever.This festival is widely  celebrated by the people to worship the God Sun and pray for the future well-being, success and progress of their family members, friends, and elder.

Chhath PoojaEvery festival is undertaken with some kind of definite rituals. Likewise in Chhath Pooja, the rituals at this day is to first of all wake up early in the morning, take a holy bath in the Gange  and keep fast for whole day, even without drinking water and then they keep themselves standing in the water for a long time. Prasads and araghs are made at home and been offered to the rising sun. In Nepal  is celebrated at 6th day of the month of Kartika (month of October or November), according to Hindu.

Chhath puja has a great significance in the Hindu religion it believes that  history behind celebrating the Chhath puja is the story of Lord Rama. It is considered that Lord Rama and Mata Sita had kept fast and offer puja to the Lord Sun in the month of Kartik in Shukla Paksh during their coronation after returning to the Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.from then it became  the significant and traditional festival in the Hindu religion and started celebrating every year at the same date.
Devotees offer prasad to Sun at the Chhath such as sweets, Kheer, Thekua and fruits included in a small bamboo tokari. The prasad should be cooked without salt, onions or garlic with maintained purity.

Process of practicing Chhath Pooja

Chhath PoojaOn the very first day  ,devotees wake up early in the morning take bathe in the holy water of Gange and also bring some water to their home to prepare the offerings.At this special day, the home and its surroundings should be properly cleaned. Throughout a day  only one meal is taken known as kaddu-bhat cooked only by using the bronze or soil utensils and mango woods over the soil stove.
 Chhath Pooja
Second day  (the day before Chhath), Panchami, devotees keeps fast for whole day and break their fast in the evening after sunset after the worship of Sun. They offer Rasiao-kheer, puris, fruits in the puja. After taking meal in the evening, they go on a fast without water for the next 36 hours.
Chhath Pooja
On the third day (day of Chhath) they offer the Sanjhiya Arghya at the ghat of riverbank. After Arghya, they wear the single saree of turmeric color. Other family members are waiting for getting the blessings from worshiper. At the night of Chhath a vibrant event of Kosi is celebrated by lighting the lamps of clay diyas under the covering of five sugarcane sticks. The five sugarcane sticks indicate the Panchatattva (earth, water, fire, air and space) that human body made of Panchatattva.
Chhath Pooja
On the early morning of the fourth day (Paarun), devotees along with their family and friends offer Bihaniya Aragh at the ghat of riverbank of Gange. Devotees end their festival through breaking the fast by having the Chhath prashad

Significance of Chhath Pooja

It being said many times  that their are many tough stages that devotee has to go through
the very first stage, In order to set up the body and mind to accept the cosmic solar energy, fast is taken which detoxifies the mind and body.
Chhath PoojaSecond,  Standing in water with half of the body inside the water diminishes the escape of energy as well as facilitates the prana to elevate to the sushumna.
Third, Then the entrance of cosmic solar energy takes place in the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus glands (known as the Triveni complex) by the retina and optic nerves.
Forth,In the 4th stage Triveni complex gets activated.  After activation of the Triveni complex, spine gets polarized and body of devotee gets transformed into a cosmic powerhouse and gets the Kundalini Shakti.
61A113F4249E76347523D4E6DAB06The final and last stage, At this stage the devotee is fully able to conduct, recycle and pass on the energy into entire universe.
Mainly by practicing this holy featival, one detoxifies its body, mind and inner soul in an absolute way. The person would feel more energetic and be filled with lot of positive vibes around them. In health regards, it improves the look of skin, develops better eyesight and the ageing process gets slow down however the ritual of Chhath puja provides mental calmness (by detoxifying the body and mind), enhances the energy level and immunity, reduces the frequency of anger, jealous as well.
Thus Such beliefs and rituals of the Chhath make it the most significant festival in the Hinduism.

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