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How to make a simple Chhath Puja mandana?
Today, it is the last day of Chhath Puja which got celebrated from November 4 to 7 in North India and Nepal. The festival, dedicated to Sun God, was marked by fasting, bathing in water bodies and worship of the rising and setting sun.

In some traditional families in interior villages the wall paintings called mandanas depicting the Sun God were also made.

Here, on the final day of the four-day festival celebrated with the great devotion and fervour, a simple mandana to mark has been given.

To draw the Sun mandana, proceed in the following steps.

1.       Draw a diamond shape with white chalk powder.

2.       Extend one end of each side of the diamond shape equally in cyclic order.

3.       Draw two half circles alternatively on each of the extended sides of the diamond shape as shown.

4.       At the centre of the diamond, draw a sun with eight rays.

5.       In each of the half circles, draw suns with eight rays each.

A Sanskrit prayer with salution to the following twelve names of the Sun God is recited after finishing the wall painting

Om Mitraya namah       (The friend of all)

Om Ravaye namah         (Praised by all)

Om Suryaya namah       (The guide of all)

Om Bhanave namah      (The bestower of beauty)

Om Khagaya namah     (Stimulator of the senses)

Om Pushne namah        (The nourisher of all)

Om Hiranyagarbhaya namah   (The creator)

Om Marichaye namah   (Destroyer of disease)

Om Adityaya namah      (The inspirer)

Om Savitre namah          (The purifier)

Om Arkaya namah         (The radiant)

Om Bhaskaraya namah    (The illuminator)

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