Chhath Puja 2023: The four-day ritual of Chhath, the great festival of folk faith, started with Nahay-Khay. On this occasion, Chhathvratis consumed food consisting of pumpkin vegetable and gram dal along with rice. Chhathavrati accepts Kharna Prasad (bread, jaggery kheer). Then other members of the family accept this Prasad. After this, a long waterless fast of 36 hours begins.
Considering the purity and sanctity of Chhath fast, washing and drying wheat has great importance. In this, women always take care of the purity of the place where wheat is dried. On the day of Nahay Khay, Chhathvartis clean and dry the wheat and on the day of Kharna the wheat is ground in the mill. After grinding it, Kharna Roti is made and Mahaprasad Thekua is made the next day. Rice is also ground along with wheat. Rice is also washed thoroughly and ground in a mill and after this, kasar and laddu are made from this flour. Kasar laddu is also offered as Prasad during Chhath festival.
Kheer made of jaggery is prepared for worship on the evening of Kharna. This kheer is also called Rasiya in some places. This prasad is made by lighting fire with mango wood on a new earthen stove.
However, in case of non-availability of earthen stove in urban areas, some people make it on new gas stove also. But special care is taken to ensure that the stove is new and not impure.
Kharna is the second day of Chhath Puja. The sunrise of this day will be at 06.46 am and sunset at 05.26 pm.
Benefits of performing Chhath Puja
There are amazing benefits of performing Chhath Puja. Even if there is trouble from the children’s side, this fast is beneficial. Even if there is leprosy or serious digestive system problem, it is considered good to observe this fast. Those people whose position of Sun is bad in their horoscope should also observe this fast.
After Kharna, Arghya is offered to the setting sun, which is also called Sandhya Arghya. It is on Sunday 19th November. Arghya is offered to the rising sun on the fourth day i.e. 20th November. And with this Chhath Puja gets completed.
evening prayer time
This year the evening Arghya of Chhath Puja is on 19th November. Sunset on November 19 will be at 05:26 pm. On this day, Arghya soup is decorated with fruits, thekua, rice laddu etc. in the basket.
time to offer water to the rising sun
On the last day of Chhath festival, Arghya is offered to the rising sun. After this the fast ends. This year, Arghya will be offered to the rising sun on 20th November. On this day, sunrise will happen at 06.47 am, only after this the 36-hour fast ends.