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Origin of Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja dedicated to Lord Surya (the sun god) is a 4-day puja which begins on the fourth day after Diwali in the month of Kartik (October – November) in Sak Samvat calendar. Millions of Hindus who live along GangaRiver and KosiRiver mainly (chiefly Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh) or trace their roots to the region observe Chhath. Worship of Surya – the Sun God – goes back to the Vedic age, where he is the creator and nourisher. Hymns dedicated to Surya are scattered across the Vedas and the most popular being the Gayatri Mantra.
The origin of Chhath Puja is lost in the obscure misty millennia of ages past. Perhaps the worship might have begun the day man realized the value of Sun (Surya) and how his survival is dependent on this massive fireball that appears without fail each morning and disappears in the evening.
There is a popular belief that Chhath worship was started by the great warrior Karna of the Mahabharata. Karna is the son of Lord Surya and Kunti.
Chhath Vrata and Puja…

Kural of Tiruvalluvar – Teachings from Tirukkural on True Knowledge

True knowledge is an inner fortification that enemies cannot destroy, and is the ultimate, impregnable defense.
True knowledge controls thought and conduct and keeps both away from evil, and helps one to keep in that right path.
Knowledge befriends the world. It fosters a spirit of equanimity saving one from both excitement and depression.
A discriminating mind is the greatest of possessions. Without it, all other possessions will come to nothing. Tirukkural