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Chhath Pooja:An Eco-freindly Food Festival !

Ganesh.Dutta's picture

Chhath Puja is one of the holiest festivals in Hindu Religion. It is especially celebrated by people originating from Bihar ,who are distributed world-wide. It is after six days of Diwali.

 

Devotees are gearing up for Chhath Pooja!

 

Chhath Puja is the worship of sun God. , who is the source of all life –forms in the world. People of almost all community worship Sun in one form or the other. The chhath Puja in India has no parallel in the world.

According to the tradition Chhath Puja, people have to keep fast until they pay homage to the rising sun god on the bank of a river.

Devotee offering 'Arghya' to Sun God!

 

 

In the present scenario  of global warming and pollution ,Chhath Puja has significant as it is the worship of the most important element of nature for all life forms,the Sun. Chhath is also an eco-friendly festival as only unprocessed natural products are used in it as puja material.

 

Eco-friendly Prayer with fruits !

Now I am coming to the food –aspect of Chhath Puja. Like other hindu festivals ,people kept fast in Chata also .Fruits are an indispensable offerings in Chhath Puja. Fruits like apple, banana ,guava ,orange, ‘gagal’ etc. The festive fruit of India raw coconut also used. Sugarcane is also an one of the most important offering in Chhath . The dietary items for ‘prasad consists of Puri ,Thekua, khajur etc.

    

Poori                  Thekua or Khazoor

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Basically Chhath Puja is the worship of Nature and it is quite unique. Chhath is celebrated  with great enthusiasm , joy and devotion.

 

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Sarah's picture
Ganesh you are great and your Nice blog and chath pooja is so interesting........ ! Foodlover Sarah
anandtri's picture
O My Friend Ganesha Tum Rahna Sath Hamesha. You are GREAT GANESHA It's a Good Description about chhath Pooja .That's a really great man. Keep it up.......................
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Thanks Anand, for providing beautiful and useful snaps!
Snigdha's picture
From Wikipedia. Where is it celebrated? Chhath or Dala Chhath is a Hindu festival, unique to Bihar state, India and Terai, Nepal. This festival is also celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. Why is it celebrated? Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes. Worship of the sun has been practiced in different parts of India, and the world from time immemorial. How is it celebrated? Chhath being mainly a Bihari festival, wherever people from Bihar have migrated, they have taken with them the tradition of Chhath. This is a ritual bathing festival that follows a period of abstinence and ritual segregation of the worshiper from the main household for four days. During this period, the worshiper observes ritual purity, and sleeps on the floor on a single blanket. The main worshipers, called Parvaitin (from Sanskrit parv, meaning 'occasion' or 'festival'), are usually women. However, a large number of men also are the main worshiper. The parvaitin pray for the well-being of their family, for prosperity and offspring. They usually can perform Chhath only if it is passed on to them from their older generation. However, once they decide to do it, it becomes their duty to perform it every year, the festival being skipped only if there happens to be a death in the family that year. On the eve of Chhath, houses are scrupulously cleaned and so are the surroundings. One the first day of the festival, the worshiper cooks a traditional vegetarian meal and offers it to the Sun God. This day is called Naha-Kha (literally, 'Bathe and eat'!). The worshiper allows herself/himself only one meal on this day from the preparation. On the second day, a special ritual, called Kharna, is performed in the evening after Sun down. On this day also, the worshiper eats his/her only meal from the offerings(Prashad)made to the Sun God in this ritual. Friends and family are invited to the household on this day to share the prashad of the ritual. From this day onwards, for the next 36 hours, the worshiper goes on a fast without water. The evening of the next day, the entire household accompanies the worshiper to a ritual bathing and worship of the Sun God, usually on the bank of a river or a common large water body. The occasion is almost a carnival. Besides the main worshiper, there are friends and family, and numerous participants and onlookers, all willing to help and receive the blessings of the worshipper. Ritual rendition of regional folk songs, carried on through oral transmission from mothers and mothers-in-law to daughters and daughters-in-law, are sung on this occasion. The same bathing ritual is repeated on the following day at the crack of dawn. This is when the worshipper breaks his/her fast and finishes the ritual.Chhath being celebrated at the crack of the dawn on a river bank is a beautiful, elating spiritual experience connecting the modern Indian to his ancient cultural roots.
Snigdha's picture
Good Blog and Nice pictures Ganesh.
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
thanks snigdha , specially for giving more information!
NAUSHABA.TABASSUM's picture
Wonderful, I realy appereciating your good efforts. See the pic about Chhat I feel really now I am in Bihar spl inSamastipur. U know Chhat is the main festival in Samastipur and North Bihar. U know Thekua is main item of prasad. I am creasy for this, and cook time to time and my kids also crezy for Thekua. But in KARACHI it named by KHAJOOR or TIKIA and prepared spl in URDU month Rajjab cames 2 month before Ramdan Shareef.
chandan mandal's picture
chhat pooja in jaipur rajashthan
Anonymous's picture
waw! u r from bihar !
anuj Johri's picture
can anyone please suggest me that where can i go for CHHATH POOJA in JAIPUR Rajasthan