Chhath Puja 2019: Pooja Vidhi, shubh muhurat, rituals, mantra and benefits
After Diwali's five-day festivities, it's time for the auspicious Chhhath Puja. It is one of the most prominent festivals of Bihar . Chhath Puja is a four-day festival that is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Kartik according to the Hindu calendar. This year, Chhath Puja will be held from October 31 to November 3.
Men and women these days observe a fast and offer prayer to the God of the Sun and Chhathi Mata, who according to the stories is the sister of the Sun God. Katyayani Devi, the sixth incarnation of Goddess Durga, is considered the form of Chhath Mata . It is one of the most auspicious and difficult festivals, where devotees have to observe fast nirjala (they are not even allowed to drink water) for 36-40 hours.
Chhath Puja is a four-day festival. The first day begins with the ritual of Nahay Khay. On this day people clean their house, bathe and prepare a special meal, which is eaten by the whole family.
Fasting begins on the second day of Chhath Puja, called Kharna. On this day, devotees stay fast throughout the day and eat at night after offering a prayer to the Sun God. A special prasad is prepared that includes Rasiao-kheer.
The third day is called Sandhya Argh. On this day, devotees observe quickly and pray to the setting sun.
The fourth and last day of Chhath Puja is called Usha Argh and Paran. Where devotees pay homage to the rising sun, after which they break the fast.
The devotees observe the nirjala fasts (they don't even drink water) and offer prayers to Lord Sun and his sister Goddess Chhath Mata bathing in the holy water in the river closest to them. They offer sweets, fruits to the God of light and desire health and prosperity. They love the sunset and the rising sun. Devotees wear new clothes, sleep on the floor on a carpet and are not even allowed to drink water.
Bid date and time
Sunrise time, November 2 to 6: 38 a.m.
Sunset time, November 2 to 5: 51 p.m.
Shashthi Tithi begins - 12:51 am on November 2, 2019
Shashthi Tithi ends - 1:31 am on November 3, 2019 Mantra
Sing this mantra while making the bid:
ॐ सूर्य देवं नमस्ते स्तु गृहाणं करूणा करं |
अर्घ्यं च फ़लं संयुक्त गन्ध माल्याक्षतै युतम् ||
The celebration of Chhath Puja is very pious and it is believed that those who pray to Lord Sun and Chhath Mata with dedication are granted all their wishes. This festival is celebrated especially for children. Couples who don't have children watch Chhath Vrat for a child and others celebrate Chhath for the happiness and peace of their family and children.