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Chhath being celebrated today with fanfare

The third and important day of four-day-long Chhath festival is being celebrated today across the country and more elaborately in the Terai regions of Nepal.

On this day, Argha (prayer) is given to the setting sun from the riverbanks, ponds and streams with rituals. Devotees moves to the riverbank or a pond with offering containing variety of things like sugarcane sticks, fruits, vegetables, coconuts etc. The offering are then offered to the setting Sun.
The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.
The festival has begun from Saturday. However, the main day of the festival is observed on Kartika Shukla Shashti, the sixth day of the month of Kartik in the Nepali calendar.
The festival ends with the breaking of the fast by the devotees to receive the prashad after offering Argha to the rising sun tomorrow.
In Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.
The riverbanks, ponds, streams, rivulets and other water bodies holding the religious values are decorated beautifully today in the Terai region on the occasion of Chhath.
Devotees in Kathmandu throngs Rani Pokhari, Kamalpokhari, and the bank of the Bagmati River near Thapathali in Kathmandu on the day of the Chhath to offer their pray to the Sun.
Meanwhile, the government has granted public holiday today on the occasion of Chhath festival.

Published Date: Monday, November 19th, 2012 | 01:27 AM

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