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Chhat puja concludes with offerings to the rising sun
The four-day-long festival of Chhat Puja that began on Saturday has come to an end today (Tuesday) by offering obeisance to the rising sun. Several devotees concluded the festival by ending their fast and performing special prayers in the early morning.

THE WORSHIPPERS were seen on the roads leading to the river bank while singing devotional songs. The procession continued throughout the night and many of the devotees performed the kosi puja. As part of the Chhat puja, devotees pray the sun god and offer 'agra' to it at dawn and dusk. Not only this, worshippers fast during these days, following a special procedure.

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The river banks are illuminated with strains of devotional songs on this occasion. The devotees usually perform the festival at their native places, but many of them celebrate it in Delhi at various ghats. The Municipal Corporation had done a good job in maintaining the banks during the time of puja.

A worshiper told nnis, “While fasting during the days of Chhat puja, every evening before sunset we eat rice and bottle-gourd; after that we offer water to the sun and on the last day of the festival we offer water to the sun, do the prayers and later end the fast.”

As a part of the tradition, women devotees wear new clothes and eat food that includes rice and bottle-gourd and pray the sun god. But with changing times, people have altered the traditional way of celebrations, like making temporary arrangements near water pools in their houses and offer to the sun god there itself.

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