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Kharna Fasting during Chath Puja

Chath Puja, which is spread over four days, is dedicated to Surya, the sun god and Agni (fire) and Lord Kartik. The second day is known as Kharna and a complete fast is observed by men and women. Kharna Fasting 2018 during Chath puja is on November 12.

Kharna is observed from sunrise to sunset. It is a complete fast with some devotees even not taking water during the fasting period. The fast should not be undertaken by pregnant women, devotees having health problems and older people.

Some people opt for partial fast and drink lot of water and eat fruits. Some people eat salt-less food. Sabudana khichadi and vrat foods are also eaten on the day.

The Kharna fast is broken after performing a puja at home in the evening. The puja is dedicated to Surya, Kartik, Agni (fire god) and Chhathi Maiya.

Kheer, sweets and fruits are offered to deities and then the whole family shares it as prasad.

For many devotees, another round of fasting begins after the prasad is shared. This fast is usually broken on the fourth day morning - after Dala Chath Suryodaya Argh Puja - the morning puja dedicated to Sun God.

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