Chhath Puja 2023, a significant Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God, is celebrate with immense fervour and devotion. This ancient Vedic festival holds great importance, especially in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and certain regions of Nepal. In 2023, Chhath Puja falls on the 27th and 28th of October. This blog aims to provide you with detailed insights into the Muhurat (auspicious timings), its significance, and the steps involved in performing the Chhath Puja.
Significance of Chhath Puja 2023
Historical and Cultural Relevance
Chhath Puja 2023 has its roots in ancient Indian history and is believed to have been observe since the Vedic times. It is mentioned in the Rigveda, one of the oldest sacred scriptures of Hinduism. The festival is a way to pay homage to the Sun God, who is considered the source of all energy and life on Earth.
Apart from its spiritual significance, Chhath Puja is also associate with environmental conservation. The rituals involve worshipping the Sun God at sunrise and sunset, showcasing gratitude towards the natural elements like water and fire. Devotees also clean and purify water bodies before using them for rituals, promoting environmental awareness.
Chhath Puja 2023: Date and Timing
According to the Hindu calendar, Chhath Puja is observe on the sixth day of the month of Kartik. The sunrise and sunset muhurta for the four days is as follows:
Day 1 – Chaturthi (Nahay Khay)
Date: November 17, 2023
Day 2 – Panchami (Lohanda and Kharna)
Date: November 18, 2023
Sunset 5:26 p.m
Day 3 – Shashthi (Chhath Puja, Sandhya Arghya)
Chhath Puja Date: November 19, 2023
Sunrise – 06:46
Sunset – 5:26 p.m
Day 4 – Ashtami (Usha Arghya, Parana Day)
Date: October 20, 2023
Sunrise: 6:32 AM
Sunset: 5:37 p.m
About the story of Chhath Puja 2023?
Chhathi Maiya is worship during the Chhath festival which is also mentioned in Brahma Vaivarta Purana. According to legend, King Priyavrat, the first son of Manu Swayambhu, was childless. As a result, he used to be depress. Maharishi Kashyap asked to perform the yajna. He then performed a yajna for his son as per Maharishi’s instructions. Queen Malini then gave birth to a son, but unfortunately, the baby was stillborn. This was really sad for King and other family members.
Then a vessel appeared in the sky and Shashti Maa was sitting on it. The king prayed to Mata who identified herself as Manas daughter of Lord Brahma who protects all the children in the world and bestows child boons on all childless parents. The goddess gave life to the child with her hands, which was a blessing for the king. The king, enraptured by Mata’s grace, worshipped her gratefully. Since then, Chhath Puja has become a worldwide tradition.
Chhath 2023 Special Rituals
The following are the rituals perform during the four-day celebration of the Chhath Puja 2023 festival, also know as Surya Shashthi, Chhathi, Dala Chhath and Prathihar.
It means “to bathe and eat”, and is the first day of Chhath Puja. Devotees observing a fast take a sacred dip in a river, pond or other water bodies on this day. The house and its surroundings are washed and a fully vegetarian meal is prepared and served as bhog in the afternoon.
A devotee observes the Nirjal fast during the second day, which is Kharna. As a result, no water is consumed and a special Prasad made of milk, jaggery and rice is prepared later in the evening. This prasad is then provided to Chhati Maiyya along with spices, betel leaves, green ginger and fruits and distributed among relatives and friends.
Chhath Puja Sandhya Arghya falls on the third day. On this day Arghya is offer to Lord Sun. Use thekua, rice laddoos and fruits to decorate the soap. Then the devotees and their family members give Arghya to the Sun God. During this ritual, you should worship Chhathi Mata with soap and offer water and milk to the Lord. Listen to Chhath Vrat Katha and sing devotional songs for Shashthi Devi with others at night.
On the last and fourth day of Chhath Puja, Usha Arghya is perform in which Arghya is offer to the rising Sun. The Vrattis along with their families visit the river banks on this day and perform the ritual with great fervor and enthusiasm. They pray to Chhathi Maiyya and Lord Sun for happiness, good health and prosperity. Fasting natives break their fast by eating Ginger and Jaggery.
Chhath is also the most auspicious day for performing pooja for the Sun Lord. It helps strengthen the Sun in your birth chart, amplifying its positive influence on you and protecting you from its harmful effects. Perform a personalized Vedic Puja to receive the divine blessings of Lord Surya and invite happiness into your life. Take advantage of online Puja consultation!
Chhath Puja 2023 is not just a religious observance, but a celebration of nature, life, and gratitude. It brings communities together and fosters a sense of unity and devotion. By adhering to the specified Muhurat and performing the rituals with sincerity, devotees seek blessings for health, prosperity, and overall well-being. So, as Chhath Puja 2023 approaches, let us embrace this ancient tradition with reverence and joy.
All the rituals associated with Chhath Puja are focus on nature and its blessings. The simplicity and purity of this festival is what makes this festival special. All rituals are done to ward off negativity and keep the body and soul pure. The most distinctive feature of this festival is that, unlike all other major Hindu festivals, no idols are worshipped. This festival is a way to pay homage to the Sun, the soul of the world and the eye of the creator. Hence the Chhath Puja festival is celebrate with great pomp and show. May Lord Sun and Mata Shashti bless you and your family with all kinds of protection and happiness.
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