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Chhat Puja | by anupama kinagi
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Chhat Puja

Woman looking at the setting sun at Juhu beach, Mumbai.

Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes.


During this period, the worshiper observes ritual purity. The main worshipers, called Parvaitin (from Sanskrit parv, meaning ‘occasion’ or ‘festival’), are usually women. However, a large number of men also are the main worshiper. The parvaitin pray for the well-being of their family, for prosperity and offspring.

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Taken on October 24, 2009