Chhath Puja is an ancient rite that traces its origins to vedic –era sun worship. This major festival is celebrated specially in Bihar and some part of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The festival is celebrated twice a year; once in summer (May – June), called Chaiti Chhath, and once in winter (October – November) around a week after Deepawali, and it is called the Kartik Chhath. No one say with any accuracy how long ago the tradition of Chhath started, but a similar ritual has found mention in the Hindu epics. Some say the festival was started by Karna of Mahabharata time. While others describe it to a saint who wished to thanks God Surya (Sun) for curing his eyesight.
Today, Chhath Puja is the biggest and most popular of the state’s festivals. This is when Bihar throws its biggest party of the year; trains and flights in to the state are packed, cultural performances abound, and there’s a festive vibe everywhere in the state. The actual festival takes place over four days. The devout observing a fast for the duration and conclude the festival in any river, pond or in lake. Beside the main worshiper, there are friends and family, numerous participants and onlookers, all willing to help and receive the blessings of the worshiper. This all make Chhath Festival as a carnival of faith and worship, which is unique in world.
We at Visit Bihar operate a guided tour to witness the famous Chhath Festival during your stay in Bihar. We provide assess to a Bihari family where Chhath Puja is been performed along with arrangements of accommodation and other facilities.
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