The festival of Lok Astha , Chhath Parv started yesterday on Wednesdayy i.e. on 18th November 2020 with Nahay-Khay.
In the wake of four day ritual, the everyone everywhere including my native place is drenched in devotion.
Cleanliness and preparedness of Ghats and Ponds are being finalized on war footing .
I remember the moments when all my friends used to come together to clean our streets and lanes to facilitate the smooth movement of devotee and the people towards Ghats prepared at ponds and the banks of river Ganga..
But this year I am deprived of thoss exiting moments. I could not go there because of Covid-19 pandemic.
I feel very sad for not attending my favorite festival Chhath Puja .
However, I have been receiving all the messages of each rituals from my friends and relatives over calls from time to time and enjoying the same . I do not have any other options.
Earlier, on Wednesday on eve of Nahaya khaya, after the Vratis had purified the house with the Ganga’s water. Pumpkin (gourd) vegetable, Arva rice, gram dal and August flower dumplings were made.
On the day of Nahay Khay, first Vrati takes Prasad (Pumpkin-Bhat). After this, other members of the house and the people around them receive the offerings.
At that time we usually take rice, Kaddu Dal, Vegetables and specially prepare the bachka of August flower. What a tasty Prasad we usually enjoy in the afternoon, I can only feel those moments right now..
Yesterday, after completion of Nahay Khay I bowed to devotee (my sister) over phone and took their blessings.
The Glory of festival Chhath Puja generally celebrated in Bihar and eastern part of U.P. and has created a special place among the devotees and people. There is a surge of faith in Suryopasana.
But now a days we can see this festival of Chhath Puja is being celebrated everywhere in India wherever Biharis are there.
In spite of many restrictions amid pandemic of Covid-19, the enthusiasm of the festival is going up and all are busy in cleaning their house, nearby Ponds and making kachcha road to ghats at river Ganga .
In view of Chhath, there was a lot of movement in the market on Wednesday. The devotee purchasing soups, dauras and puja items along with fruits and sugarcane for prasad..
Due to sudden rise in demand, a price of all the items shot up.
Soups were being sold at prices ranging from Rs. 80 to 100 and Daura from Rs. 150 to 250 and fruits and vegetables were also high.
Friends, I have just shared my feelings about day one of Chhath Puja .. it is the story on day one ..i.e. Nahay Khay …
I will present the story of 2nd day and share my feelings about “what is kharna” the 2nd day of festival Chhath Puja.
May the positivity of chhath Puja spread in your life and fill it with success and glory…
Happy chhath puja to you..
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