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Chhaath Puja

INDIA, KOLKATA : Indian Hindu devotees perform rituals during Chhat Puja while standing in the river in Kolkata on November 20, 2012. Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun during the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the Sun and the River. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR

Devotees of the Sun God

7 November 2013

The Hindu festival devoted exclusively to the Sun God, Surya -- Surya Chhath, also called Dala Chhath and Suryashashthi -- is celebrated with much passion and religious fervor throughout Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of Uttar Pradesh, and the Terai areas of Nepal.

The origin of Chhath Puja can be traced back to the age of the Rig-Veda. The holy scriptures contain hymns worshiping the Sun god and describe comparable rituals.

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