Chhath Puja: Why Is It Celebrated? Significance & Myths

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Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated each year by the devotees. People perform the puja to thank the Sun god for supporting life on earth and seek protection his and blessings. Chhath Puja is called so as it is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Karthika in the Vikram Samvat. It is also celebrated in the summers, few days after Holi. Here's everything you need to know about the legend and mythical stories of Chhath Puja.
People perform this Puja to thank the Sun god for supporting life on earth.

Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated each year by the devotees. People perform the Puja to thank the Sun god for supporting life on earth. On this day, they seek Sun God protection and his blessings.

Chhath Puja is called so as it is celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Karthika in the Vikram Samvat. It is also celebrated in the summers, few days after Holi.

Here’s everything you need to know about the legend and mythical stories of Chhath Puja.

Chhath Puja And Mahabharata

Chhath Puja Mythology
Chhath Puja Mythology

Prominent mythological character Karna is said to be the child of Sun god and Kunti. He was a great warrior and had ruled over the Anga Desh (Munger district of Bihar) during the Mahabharata period.

According to popular legend, Karna religiously offered his prayers while standing in the water and distributed prasad among the needy. So, it is believed that the Chhath Puja was first started by the Surya Putra Karna.

Pandava And Draupadi

Chhath Puja Mythology
Chhath Puja Mythology

According to popular mythology, the Pandavas and Draupadi performed the Chhath ritual as per the advice of noble sage Dhaumya, so that they could gain back their lost kingdom of Indraprastha (now Delhi). During older times, it was celebrated by Pandavas and Draupadi from the Mahabharata to win their kingdom back. According to a common belief, they regained their kingdom after the Puja.

Lord Ram And Goddess Sita

Chhath Puja Mythology
Chhath Puja Mythology

Another mythological story is that Rama and Sita offered prayers to the Sun god after returning to Ayodhya post the exile of 14 years. Lord Rama and Mata Sita kept fast and offer Puja to the Lord Sun in the month of Kartik in Shukla Paksh during their coronation after returning to the Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

From that time, Chhath Puja became the significant people started celebrating every year at the same date.

Who Is Chhathi Maiya?

Chhath Puja Mythology
Chhath Puja Mythology

The Goddess who is worshipped the most during Chhath Puja is ‘Chhathi Maiya’. She is said to be the consort of Surya and known as Usha in the Vedas.

During the Chhath Puja, Chhathi Maiya is invoked to bless the devotees with the divine consciousness which will help them to overcome all the troubles and problems in the world.

Watch the video of a Chhathi Maiya song:

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