The ancient Mahabharata there is a references of worshipping of sun by Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas. She believed that by
worship of Sun-God helps to cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and ensure longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders. It is
also believed that Chhath was started by Karna, the son of Surya, a great warrior and fought against the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War.
Chhath Puja in the country
Chhath Puja in Bihar: Large numbers of people in Patna thronged the banks of the Ganga river celebrate the festival Chhat Puja or worship of sun God.
on November 15, 2014. The festival is especially significant for married women who observe a two-day fast and offer prayers standing waist- deep in water for at least two hours and offer fruits and flowers to Surya, the Sun God.
People go to bathing ghats on river banks with traditional music and pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun during the festival.
Chhath festival celebrations in Bihar’s capital Patna turned tragic on November 19, 2012 as a stampede broke out around sunset at Adalatganj
ghat and led to at least 18 deaths, including of children and women. Many others were injured in the incident
Chhath Puja in Delhi: The Chhath Festival is basically a major festival of Bihar, but is celebrated with equal devotion in Delhi as well. For
Chhath celebrations in New Delhi, several ghats at the River Yamuna (यमुना) in the city
are reserved. The puja takes place at these ghats only. Performed both by men as well as by women, the puja preparations start with the end of
Diwali (दीपावली ).
Chhath Puja in Mumbai: There are nearly 10 Lakhs people of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in Mumbai. They
will celebrate Chhath puja on November 17, 2015 this year at JUHU BEACH.
Other states: Chhath festival is celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and parts of Chhattisgarh. Even in Tamil
Nadu, the migrants from the north celebrate the Chhath festival.
Chhath Puja in Nepal : Hindus in Terai region of Nepal are celebrating the first day of
Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya. The festival is performed on kartika Shukala Shashti, which is
6th day of Kartik month in the Nepali calendar. People of Terai celebrate Chhath festival in the capital city too by
congregating around ponds and streams in Ranipokhari, Thapathali, Aurighat, Balkhu including other places.