Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja

Oct 30, 2014, 12:35 PM IST
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Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai. On Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth.

Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai. On Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai.

Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai.

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Lifeguards keep vigil as Hindu devotees crowd the banks of the River Ganges to performs rituals at sunset during Chhath Puja festival in Patna.

Lifeguards keep vigil as Hindu devotees crowd the banks of the River Ganges to performs rituals at sunset during Chhath Puja festival in Patna.

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Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in Hyderabad.

Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in Hyderabad.

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Water from waves splash on Hindu women offering prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai.

Water from waves splash on Hindu women offering prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai.

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Devotees trying to save themselves while bursting crackers on their boat during Chhath puja celebration, in Bhopal.

Devotees trying to save themselves while bursting crackers on their boat during Chhath puja celebration, in Bhopal.

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Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan with son & MP Chirag Paswan and family members offer prayers during Chhath festival celebrations in Patna.

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan with son & MP Chirag Paswan and family members offer prayers during Chhath festival celebrations in Patna.

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BJP President Amit Shah during Chhath Puja festival in Ahmedabad.

BJP President Amit Shah during Chhath Puja festival in Ahmedabad.

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Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

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Sugarcane stalks, used for rituals, is planted into a water body as Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

Sugarcane stalks, used for rituals, is planted into a water body as Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

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Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

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Hindu women, vermillion powder on their foreheads, perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

Hindu women, vermillion powder on their foreheads, perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi.

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Devotees offer prayers to the sun after taking holy dip during Chhath festival in Chandigarh.

Devotees offer prayers to the sun after taking holy dip during Chhath festival in Chandigarh.

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Devotees take holy bath and offer prayers during Chhath festival in Ranchi.

Devotees take holy bath and offer prayers during Chhath festival in Ranchi.

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Devotees during Chunari Manorath at Yamuna river, organised on the occasion of Chhath Puja in Mathura.

Devotees during Chunari Manorath at Yamuna river, organised on the occasion of Chhath Puja in Mathura.

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Devotees roll across the road towards river Ganga as part of the Chhath puja celebrations in Kolkata.

Devotees roll across the road towards river Ganga as part of the Chhath puja celebrations in Kolkata.

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Devotees during Chhath festival in Ranchi.

Devotees during Chhath festival in Ranchi.

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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari burns crackers as he celebrates with Purvanchalis after declaration of Chhath puja as a public holiday in Delhi.

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari burns crackers as he celebrates with Purvanchalis after declaration of Chhath puja as a public holiday in Delhi.

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Devotees purchase fruits for the Chhath Puja festival at Krishi Bazar in Dhanbad.

Devotees purchase fruits for the Chhath Puja festival at Krishi Bazar in Dhanbad.

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Women purchase bamboo-baskets and other things for the Chhath Puja festival in Gurgaon.

Women purchase bamboo-baskets and other things for the Chhath Puja festival in Gurgaon.

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Women purchase vegetables and other things for the Chhath Puja festival in Gurgaon.

Women purchase vegetables and other things for the Chhath Puja festival in Gurgaon.

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Women carry Ganga water for preparing prashad ahead of the four days long Chhath festiva,l in Patna.

Women carry Ganga water for preparing prashad ahead of the four days long Chhath festiva,l in Patna.

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