Millions in Bihar pray to setting sun on Chhath
Patna: Millions of people across Bihar, mostly women, marked the festival of Chhath Saturday by fasting, singing traditional songs and praying to the setting sun.
Devotees, attired in new clothes, sang folk songs as they prayed to the sun god and set lit earthen lamps afloat on rivers, lakes and other water bodies.
Roads and river banks had been cleaned and decorated for the occasion.
The four-day-long Chhath began Thursday when devotees took a dip in the rivers, a tradition known as `nahai khai`. It was followed by the ritual of `kharna` Friday when sweet dishes were prepared.
Married women fast for 36 hours during the course of the festival. Devotees traditionally offer wheat, milk, sugar cane, bananas and coconuts to the sun.
In Patna and other towns in the state, all roads leading to the river banks were decorated and cleaned for the devotees to perform `arghya` or oblations to the sun.
The festival also saw a rare show of harmony with people cutting across social barriers gathering to celebrate Chhath in villages and towns.
The festival concludes Sunday with devotees worshipping the rising sun. Chhath is celebrated six days after Diwali.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: APJ Abdul Kalam's last journey, India bids a tearful adieu
- DNA : Justice delivered; India hangs 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon
- Yakub Memon hanged in Nagpur jail
- 'People's President' APJ Abdul Kalam laid to rest in Rameswaram
- Panel discussion on 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's hanging
- Yakub Memon hanged in Nagpur jail: As it happened
- Yakub Memon's body handed over to family, tight security in Mumbai
- Yakub Memon: The two men who lead police to 'House of Memons'
- What Yakub Memon did in minutes before being hanged
- Meeting called by Speaker fails to end Parliament logjam; government indicates all-party meet