Thursday, July 25, 2024

Why Celebrate Chhath Puja?

Chhath is one of the most important festival to celebrate for Nepali women in the country. In this festive hour of Dashain and Tihar, Chhath also comes along in the same lunar time. Women specially on Koshi, Lumbini and Madhesh Pradesh celebrate with great devotion. Why celebrate Chhath Puja? Why every one should celebrate Chhath Puja?

This festival is to show the gratitue to Sun. As a sun is simply neccessary for every living being. Legends depict that on the sixth day of the lunar month of Kartik Shukla Chaturthi and ends with Kartik Shukla Saptami. A very auspicious time to worship to the sun god. As this is celebration done to only sun, that is why everyone should celebrate Chhath Puja. Let’s have a look at how they celebrate Chhath Puja. Even if you kown how they celebrate Chhath Puja.

History of Chhath

According to legend, Chhath Puja is the oldest known festival, maybe before even the Ancient Vedas. The story is also mentioned in the Rigveda. Which contains verses praising the Sun and describing celebrations similar to those did during this festival. The Mahabharata encourages this practice by showing Draupadi performing similar rituals. Following the wise advice of Dhaumya, the Pandavas and Draupadi followed the Chhath ceremony. Resolving Draupadi’s problems and helping the Pandavas in recovering their kingdom.

The history of the festival can be trace back to Vedic times, when scholars and rishis followed a procedure known as the Chhath Method. This involved receiving energy from the sun’s rays in order to survive without nourishment. Furthermore, according to historical sources, Lord Rama and Sita fasted and performed sun puja during their coronation after returning from exile in the Kartika month of the Shukla Paksha.

Significance of Chhath

This is possibly unique Hindi festival where  only the rising and setting of the Sun is worshipped. What sets Chhath Puja apart is the absence of Murti Pujan or Idol Worshipping, which is unusual in many Hindu festivals. Some say that the occasion praises the Sun, which is necessary for the survival of practically every living entity on Earth, transcending caste, creed, gender, race, and societal stigmas.

Beyond the religious meaning of showing respect to the Sun for supporting life, the festival’s traditions have a scientific component. The practice of praying by the riverbank or standing there for extended periods of time has a purpose. The UV radiation from the sun are at their lowest during sunrise and sunset, making them the most useful. These sun beams help to purify the mind, body, and soul by expelling negative energies.

In The End

A festival celebrating beyond the realm of god and idols. Chhath Puja is one the biggest festival to Hindu religion. This festival not only brings joy, but also fosters a sense of togetherness within families. With that, we would like to wish you all a happy Chhath Puja. Enjoy and be safe!

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