In photos: how Chhath's devotees in Delhi offered prayers amid Yamuna's toxic foam

DELHI: Challenging toxic foams, thousands of devotees offered prayers to the rising sun as they stood in the waters of Yamuna during the Chhath Puja celebrations at Kalindi Kunj in Delhi on Sunday.

The devotees entered the Yamuna near Kalindi Kunj to perform the Chhath rituals, were exposed to a variety of health problems from highly polluted waters.

Devotees were seen performing rituals, partially submerged in water, even when the quantities of foamy layers on the surface of the river were exceptionally high.

The four-day festival of Chhath began on Thursday and in the last two days, devotees performed rituals and offered 'arghyas' (offerings) in the afternoon and in the morning to the God of the Sun by taking a dip in a river or other bodies of water.

The ancient festival is celebrated mainly by people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchal.

(With agency contributions)