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Chhat Puja 2007

Chhat Puja or Dala Chhath Puja is an important ritual observed after Diwali especially in eastern India. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). The main ritual includes strict fasting and offerings to Surya Bhagvan (Sun God). In 2007, Chhat Sandhya Argh is on November 16 and Chhat Sooryodaya Argh is on November 17.Chhath fasting is mainly observed in Bihar, eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Chhat Puja is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) and Lord Kartikeya or Skanda. People undertake this upvas for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled, if they observe Chhat. The fast is mainly kept by women but some men also join in the ritual and observe fast.On the first day of Chhat, Hindu devotees take bath in River Ganges – a symbolic act of purification. Houses are thoroughly cleaned and people prepare for the intense austerity. Vegetarian food is preferre…