New Delhi: The age-old Hindu festival of 'Chhatt Puja', dedicated to the Sun god and wife Usha is celebrated majorly in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. The four-day long festival is not just celebrated in the month of October but also in Chaitra maas (March-April).
The celebrations take place on Chaitra Shashthi, which takes place after Holi. It is widely known as Chaiti Chhath across the states where it is revered. The devotees observing Chhath are required to keep fast and not even take a sip of water for around 36 hours in one go.
On Chaiti Chhatt, devotees in Patna thronged the city ghats and took the holy bath which began with 'Nahay-Khay' on Wednesday. Many bhakts offered prayers to the lord at the time of sunrise and sunset.
Chhatt puja is celebrated by devotees in order to thank the god for blessing them well and bestowing all the goodness in life. Like Kartik Chhatt, Chaiti Chhatt is a four-day long festival.
Reportedly, parkings are available near gate number 93, around Kurji moth's west side of the road, Boring canal road and Boring Road from Kurji turn. Scheduled parking lot available on the banks of the east road from the Rajapur bridge, inside the Gandhi Maidan, Patna College grounds, Science College ground, under Gangahat bridge, Hathia Bagan, Alamganj Iron Warehouse, Market Committee Katra, Mangal Talab Chowk and City School.
According to Timesofindia.com, Patna district administration has given final touches to 15 major ghats in the city. Also, as many as ten ghats have been identified as 'dangerous' for performing the rituals. Digha (gate number 93) and Collectorate ghats are expected to witness the highest number of devotees this year.