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Chhat Puja, a family festival for every North Indian born Hindus has its unique religious importance and reminds us of high cultural heritage of India. It is a worship to "Sun God", who is a source of light to life of entire living being and abundance of energy to nature, The recompense of prayer to "Sun-God" has many benefits in human life and even other religion people are not left uninfluenced of the same. They also equally participate in this holy celebration in the entire north India. This festival is celebrated with great austerity and penance. The people of Bihar, Utter Pradesh, West Bengal, Nepal, Mauritius offer their prayer to "Sun-God" with highest devotion. It is no denying fact that not only this world but the entire universe has importance of existence of "Sun-God".
It is also said that the Goddess that is worshipped during the famous Chhath Puja is known as Chhathi Maiya. Chhathi Maiya is known as Usha in the Vedas. She is believed to be the consort of Surya, the sun god. Some scholars are of the view that she is only the beloved of Surya and some suggest that She is Surya’s wife. Usha is the term used to refer to dawn – The first light of day. But in the Rig Veda she has more symbolic meaning. Symbolically Usha is the dawn of divine consciousness in the individual aspirant.
During the Chhath Puja, Chhathi Maiya is invoked to bless us with this divine consciousness which will help us to overcome all the troubles in the world – this bless will help us to Moksha or liberation.
ChhatPuja dates 2015:
ChhatPuja Day 1: Nahay Khay15th November 2015 (Sunday) - Chaturthi Sunrise at 06:21 | Sunset at 17:40
ChhatPuja Day 2: Lohanda and Kharna16th November 2015 (Monday) - Panchami Sunrise at 06:21 | Sunset at 17:40
ChhatPuja Day 3: ChhatPuja, Sandhya Arghya17th November 2015 (Tuesday) - Shashthi Sunrise at 06:22 | Sunset at 17:40
ChhatPuja Day 4: Usha Arghya, Parana Day18th November 2015 (Wednesday) - Saptami Sunrise at 06:22 | Sunset at 17:40
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