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Chhath Puja Prasad – Bhog – Food Offered and Eaten During Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is spread over four days and different types of food are offered as Prasad or bhog to the deity. Special food is eaten during the Chhath puja by the devotee undertaking the fasting. Thekua is a special food prepared during the vrat. Here is a list of food prepared on the four days.

Garlic and Onions are not used during Chhath period in many homes where the ritual is observed.

First day of Chhath

  • Arwa chawal (parboiled rice)
  • dal made using Chana
  • sabji made using Kaddu (pumpkin) are offered as Prasad.
  • sabji or curry made using green lauki is a must on the day for many families
  • In some regions, the dal for the day is made using chana and kaddu.
It is consumed by the person undertaking the fasting and by family members.

Second day

Fasting is observed from from sunrise to sunset on the day.
The Prasad offered and consumed after evening puja are:
  • Kheer made using jaggery.
  • Roti prepared using ghee
  • Banana
  • Sabji made of Kaddu (pumpkin) is consumed on the day in many regions.

Third Day – the most important day

  • Different types of fruits are offered.
  • sprouted grains, 
  • dry coconut, 
  • sugarcane, 
  • white radish,
  • sweets 
  • khajuri
  • An important preparation on the day is ठेकुआ.
Thekua or Khajuria or Thikari is a dry sweet made using ghee, jaggery or sugar and wheat flour.
  • The person observing the fast perform arghya near a river, lake or sea by offering raw milk and water. Fruits and Thekua is then offered to the sun god.
  • The person observing the vrat do not eat any food on the day.

Fourth day – morning

  • The same offering of third day is repeated and the vrat ends. The person who observed the fast ends it with eating the Prasad.