The Chhath Puja, which is also known as Dala Chhath, is a significant festival celebrated in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and in many other states of India as well. The setting sun is worship in this puja. Chhath puja is celebrated most elaborately in Bihar and also in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Orissa and even Mauritius, mostly amongst Bhojpuri and Maithali speaking people. The puja is being done since time immemorial with unvarying faith that the Sun God fulfills wishes if the ritual of 'araghya' is offered with complete devotion. The people also worship 'Chhathi Maiya' on this day.
Chhath Puja is one of the most ancient Hindu festivals ever surviving on earth. Chhath Puja is referred to as the only Vedic festival celebrated in India.
The legends associated with Chhath Puja are as follows:
Legend Of Draupadi:
It is believed that Draupadi was an ardent devotee of Lord Surya (the Sun god). Due to her devotion toward Surya, she was gifted with the unique power to cure even the most deadliest diseases. Draupadi possessed the energy that helped the Pandavas to regain the kingdom.
Similar to any other Hindu festival, the festival of Chhath has more than one legend linked with it. Let's take a look at some of its other known legends.
Legend Of Karna:
According to the legends, Karna, son of Surya observed Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti with sheer devotion. It is said that Karna had gained supreme powers by performing Chhath rituals. This had made Karna grow into a powerful and valiant warrior.
These are believed to be one of the most well-known legends behind Chhath Puja. Now, let's take a look how Chhath Puja is celebrated.