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Four day popular Chhath festival ends
TIWN Nov 7, 2016
Four day popular Chhath festival ends
PHOTO : Chat puja celebrate at Agartala. TIWN Pic Nov 6

PATNA / TRIPURA, Nov 7 (TIWN): The four-day Chhath festival ended peacefully on Monday morning with millions of people, mostly women, ignoring the morning chill and taking a dip in the river to offer prayers to the rising sun.

Devotees, known as 'varti', ended their 36-hour fast by offering prayers and floating lighted earthen lamps in the river and other water bodies. They also sang traditional songs and distributed offerings among family members, relatives and neighbours.

The offerings comprised fruits, home-made sweets like thekuas, pedas, pakwan, chawal ke laddoo (sweets made of rice), raw vegetables and the first crop from the fields. All the sweets and offerings were arranged in baskets and trays made of bamboo.

Chhath passing off peacefully barring a few minor incidents is a big relief to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the state administration, which had made elaborate security arrangements.

The Sun, considered the god of energy and life force, is worshipped during Chhath for well being, prosperity and progress.

The devotees had been offering prayers to the rising and setting sun since Friday.

Chhath was widely celebrated in metros like Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad and states like Assam, Punjab, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and even Tamil Nadu & now it is celebrated in Tripura also. 

 

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