North Indians in Mumbai bring in the ancient Hindu fest Chhat Puja in true spirit and religious fervour
As every year, the North Indians spread in huge numbers in Mumbai brought in the ancient .
Every year Senior Congress leader and founder of Bihar Front Ngo Sanjay Nirupam celebrate ‘Chhat Puja ‘ at Juhu beach .He organised grand function on this great occasion and invite all North Indians leaders to celebrate this festival.Folk songs and dance celebration organise at juhu beach .
Hindu festival, Chhat Puja dedicated to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya (known to be the sister of Surya).
This year the Chhath Puja is celebrated for over 4 days from 31 Oct- 3rd November with Surya Shasthi (main day) on 3rd November.
Nevertheless, Chhath Puja is unique to the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the country of Nepal. It is the only Vedic festival that is dedicated to the Sun God, who is supposed to be the source of all powers and Chhathi Maiya (another name for Goddess Usha from the Vedic period). The god of light, energy and life force is worshipped in order to promote well being, development and the prosperity of human beings. Through this festival, people aim towards thanking the Sun God for a period of four days. The devotees who observe the fast during this festival are called Vrati.
Traditionally, this festival is celebrated twice a year, once in the summers and the second time during the winters. The Karthik Chhath is celebrated during the month of October or November and it is performed on Kartika Shukla Shashti which is the sixth day of the month of Karthika according to the Hindu Calendar. Commemorated on the 6th Day after Diwali, another major Hindu festival, it generally falls during the month of October-November.
It is also celebrated during the summers and that is commonly known as Chaiti Chhath. This is celebrated a few days after Holi.
The meaning of the word Chhath is six in Nepali or Hindi Language and as this festival is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Karthika, the festival is named the same.
Input by K.V.Raman