Curated By: Nibandh Vinod
Last Updated: November 19, 2023, 12:42 IST
Chhath Puja, an ancient Vedic festival dedicated to the Sun God Surya and Chhathi Maiya, continues to thrive in the modern world, adapting to changing lifestyles while preserving its core traditions. This four-day celebration, observed predominantly in India and Nepal, showcases the unwavering devotion of devotees, who undertake rigorous rituals to express their gratitude to the Sun God for life-sustaining energy.
This year, the celebrations started on November 17, and will conclude on November 20. Lord Surya is worshipped, and Arghya (offering) is offered during the four days of the celebration.
CHHATH PUJA 2023 ARGHYA TIMINGS
- Sunset Time on Sunday, November 19: 5:26 PM
- Sunrise Time on Monday, November 20: 6:20 AM
THE ESSENCE OF CHHATH PUJA
Chhath Puja is a testament to the enduring power of tradition, seamlessly blending ancient customs with modern conveniences. Devotees, known as vratis, observe a strict fast for four days, abstaining from water and consuming only satvik food. They take holy dips in rivers or ghats, transforming modern waterways into sacred spaces.
ADAPTATION AND INNOVATION
In urban areas, where access to natural water bodies is limited, artificial tanks have become a common sight during Chhath Puja. These specially constructed tanks, often erected on rooftops or in public spaces, provide a clean and safe environment for devotees to perform their rituals. The rise of artificial tanks reflects the adaptability of Chhath Puja, demonstrating how tradition can be preserved even amidst modern infrastructure.
PRESERVING THE SPIRIT OF CHHATH PUJA
Despite the use of modern amenities, the essence of Chhath Puja remains unchanged. Devotees continue to offer prayers and arghya to the Sun God, expressing their gratitude for his blessings. The festival is a time of community bonding, bringing together families and friends to celebrate the Sun God and share in the joy of the occasion.
CHHATH PUJA: A BEACON OF TRADITION
Chhath Puja stands as a symbol of tradition’s resilience in the face of modernity. It demonstrates how ancient customs can be adapted and preserved, ensuring that the festival’s significance remains relevant for generations to come. As the world continues to evolve, Chhath Puja will undoubtedly continue to adapt, ensuring that its spirit and traditions endure for centuries to come.