Last Updated: November 19, 2023, 11:30 IST
Devotees across North India are set to offer evening ‘arghya’ prayers to the Sun God as part of Chhath festivities on Sunday. On Saturday, devotees observed ‘kharna’ and cooked ‘kheer’ which is eaten by the family members and as ‘prasad’.
People across Delhi will offer the evening ‘arghya’ at the banks of Yamuna, temporary ghats and rooftop tubs. Delhi Revenue Minister Atishi said on Saturday that the government has built over 1,000 Chhath ghats across the city for the convenience of devotees.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wished people on the occasion of Chhath Puja.
“Best wishes to all of you on Chhath Puja, the great festival of worshipping Lord Surya and faith. May Chhathi Maiya keep you all healthy, happy, prosperous and fulfil all your wishes,” he wrote in an X (formerly Twitter) post.
Delhi’s air quality, on the other hand, continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category with an overall AQI of 398.
Meanwhile, the Bihar government made elaborate arrangements for the third day of Chhath pooja in the state.
Quoting officials, a PTI report said the Patna district administration beefed up security at all the 100 ghats along river Ganga in the city and other places in the state to avoid any untoward incident.
A number of medical camps have been set up at the ghats and around 5,000 additional security personnel have been deployed in the state capital to manage the crowd. Over 300 disaster response force personnel will also be deployed at the different ghats in the city, a senior police officer noted.
The four-day festival, in which people fast and offer prayers to the Sun God began on Friday.