Navbharat Digital Team: Just 6 days after Diwali, the great festival of folk faith, Chhath, is celebrated with Nahay-Khay.Chhath Parva) has started. This time the great festival of faith Chhath will run from 17th November to 20th November. According to Hindu calendar, Chhath Puja is celebrated every year on Shashthi Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. On this day, worship of Sun God and Mother Chhathi (Chhath Puja 2023) is done with due diligence. It is said that doing this prolongs the life of the child.
On Chaturthi Tithi of Kartik month i.e. Nahay Khay is offered on the first day, Kharna is offered on the second day, Arghya is offered to the setting sun on the third day and Arghya is offered to the rising sun on the fourth day. During this period, women observe a waterless fast for 36 hours. If we pay attention to the ingredients used in Chhath Puja, sugarcane has a special significance of its own. It also has its own religious significance. Let us know about the religious importance of sugarcane in Chhath Puja-
According to Astrologer Manoj Tiwari, many types of fruits are used in Chhath Puja. Fruits have special importance in this puja. Sugarcane is the most special among them. Apart from coconut, banana, lemon, water chestnut, betel nut, the most important fruit of this puja is sugarcane. On the evening of Chhath Puja, the fasting person keeps many sugarcanes in the courtyard or house.
Chhathi Maiya is worshiped with these sugarcanes. These sugarcanes are decorated in the shape of a house. Chhathi Maiya is worshipped. It is believed that Chhathi Maiya’s favorite fruit is sugarcane. This is the reason why on the day of Kharna, the devotee makes Prasad with jaggery or juice made from sugarcane. It is also believed that offering sugarcane to Chhathi Maiya provides happiness and prosperity. No living being can crush even sugarcane.
It is said that by keeping sugarcane in puja, Chhathi Maiya becomes happy. Therefore, Chhath puja is not complete without offering it. At the same time, another belief is that in Chhath Puja, the Prasad of the new crop is offered first, hence sugarcane must be offered as Prasad. Using sugarcane in worship is also said to be the best because it is not chewed by any animal or bird and it is the purest.