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Chhat puja: Devotees celebrate the festival of ‘Surya upasna’

Devotees celebrated Chhatt puja in different parts of the country, which is the festival of 'Surya upasna'.

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Devotees celebrated Chhatt puja in different parts of the country, which is the festival of 'Surya upasna'. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. On the occasion of 'Chhat puja', the festival is celebrated in different parts of the country where married women observe fast for nearly 36 hours.

People offering prayers to Sun God during Chhat puja festival at Juhu Beach Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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The age-old tradition, in which the Sun God is prayed, is celebrated mainly by people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

A woman offers prayers to Surya at Juhu Beach in Mumbai during the Chhat puja festival. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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The puja starts with the ritual of 'Nahai-Khai', in which devotees prepare traditional food after bathing.

Women standing in water perform rituals and offer prayers to Sun God during Chhat puja in Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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On second day before Chhath puja is Kharna, in which devotees observe a day-long fast which ends after sunset. Devotees cook 'kheer' and share it with family and relatives.

A woman observe Chhat puja and offer 'arghya' to the setting sun at Juhu beach in Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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On the third day those observing Chhath puja stand in water and offer 'arghya' to the setting sun amid chanting of mantras and hymns.

A woman lies on the ground and offers prayers to Sun God during the Chhat puja festival in Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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On the final day of the puja, devotees and their friends and relatives assemble at the river bank before sunrise and offer 'arghya' to the rising sun.

A man lies on the ground and offers 'arghya' to the setting sun during the Chhat puja festival in Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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A woman offers prayers to the setting sun amid chanting of mantras and hymns during the Chhat puja festival. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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People offering prayers to Sun God during Chhat festival at Juhu Beach Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Thousands of devotees gathered to offer 'arghya' to the setting sun during the Chhat puja festival. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)