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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across north India

Chhath Puja, one of the most ancient Hindu Vedic festivals, is widely celebrated every year mostly in Bihar, Jharkhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Nepal.

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Tuesday marked the third day of Chhath Puja in India. This year, it began on November 11 and will end on November 14. (Express Photo by Subham Dutta.)

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People celebrate the festival by following a rigorous routine that lasts four days. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

This includes fasting for over 36 hours which also requires abstinence from drinking water. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

The devotees also take a holy bath in a water body, and offer prayers to the rising and setting sun. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across north India

Devotees perform prayer to the Sun on occasion of Chhath Puja in a heavily polluted Yamuna. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across north India

The growing population of Purvanchalis in Delhi and their increasing participation in the capital’s politics has meant an over 14-fold increase in the number of ghats for Chhath Puja devotees in Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across north India

The two-day festival is considered among the most important for those from Bihar and parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. (Express photo)

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across north India

The prayers require a water body and adequate area around it, and most water bodies are prepared artificially. (Express photo)

Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Chhath Puja is dedicated to the worship of the Sun god or Surya Dev and his wife Goddess Usha. It is an important Hindu festival that is mainly celebrated in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and certain regions of Nepal. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

People celebrate the festival by following a rigorous routine that lasts four days. It includes fasting for over 36 hours which also requires abstinence from drinking water. It also requires devotees to take a holy bath in a water body, and offer prayers to the rising and setting sun. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Chhath puja celebrated at Rabindra Sarovar Lake in south Kolkata on Tuesday evening. (Express Photo by Subham Dutta.)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

According to the Hindi calendar, Chhath Puja is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Karthika in the Vikram Samvat. It is also celebrated in the summers some days after Holi. It is called Chaiti Chhath. But, Karthika month’s Chhath is more ardently followed by people. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Unable to travel to Sabarmati river bed, residents of Amraiwadi area of Ahmedabad performed 'Chhat Puja' at a makeshift rivulet in the locality. (Express Photo video by Javed Raja)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Mumbaikars offer prayers to sun god during Chhath Puja in Navi Mumbai (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Devotees perform Chhath Puja at Karvenagar on Tuesday. (Express photos and video by Arul Horizon)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Chhath Puja is also known as Pratihar and is celebrated with fervor after Diwali. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Chhath Puja is celebrated by people mostly in northern India. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Devotees during this period abstain from eating meat. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

People offering prayers on the occasion of Chhath Puja at the bank of river gomti in lucknow on tuesday. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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Chhath Puja celebrated with fervour across the country

Devotees take a dip in rivers, ponds and other water bodies before partaking in a meal comprising lentil soup, boiled pumpkin and rice.(Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

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