Chhath Puja 2022



Chhath Puja Date and Muhurat 2022

Chhath Puja festivities are celebrated over a period of four days in the states of Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Some regions of Madhya Pradesh, as well as Nepal, also celebrate this day with gusto, and this year, the festival will fall on 30th October.

All About the Festival of Chhath Puja 2022:

Celebrated after the festival of Bhai Dooj, this auspicious day is native to the people of India and has been prevalent across centuries. References to this festival can be found in the ancient Vedas, expressing the significance of this day. The relevance of this festival can be found even in Ramayana when Lord Rama and Goddess Sita offered their prayers to Surya Bhagwan after their return to the kingdom of Ayodhya from exile that lasted for a period of 14 years. Hence, this festival is an integral part of the Indian culture and is celebrated far and wide with enthusiasm.

Significance of Chhath Puja 2022:

Other than the story of Lord Rama and Sita Mata praying to the Sun god, another tale from Hindu mythology sheds light on the deep significance of this day. According to the epic of Mahabharata, the Pandavas and Draupadi observed the festival of Chhath Maiya to find their way back to their lost kingdom. Similarly, Kunti’s first-born, Karna, performed the puja of this festival, offering prayers to the Sun god. As per the mythology, the belief is that just like Karna, the ruler of the Anga Desh, which is present-day Bhagalpur in the state of Bihar, fulfilled his wishes, devotees can also get their wishes fulfilled by observing this festival.

Chhath 2022 Puja Vidhi:

This festival holds a lot of importance in the eyes of the devotees, which is why one needs to be extremely detail-oriented regarding performing the puja for this day. Fret not! We have assembled a complete puja vidhi for this day below-

  • The devotees who are observing a fast must get up early in the morning and take a bath, followed by wearing new clothes.
  • If you are living close to a river, it is said to be beneficial to take a dip in the holy waters. Others who do not have this privilege can simply drop a few drops of Ganga Jal in a bucket of water and take a bath.
  • Women of the house are assigned the task of making preparations for the puja after a bath.
  • Decorate a bamboo winnow and basket. Red is considered an auspicious color so use red for decorations as well.
  • Put fruits and vegetables in the winnow and the basket after washing them.
  • Cover the basket with a red cloth in order to hide its contents from other family members.
  • This basket will be used in the morning when devotees perform the arghya. So, keep the basket aside after filling it with ginger, coconut, turmeric plant, cucumber, groundnuts, bananas, pumpkin, yam, sprouted chana, among others.
  • Start the preparations for the famous thekua. To make this, use wheat flour, jaggery or sugar, and ghee. After this, prepare the bhog and prepare for the puja in the evening.
  • Visit the nearest riverbank or water body; if not, find an open space and fill a tub with water and use it instead.
  • At the puja location, pray to the water body and create a mandap with sugarcanes.
  • Use four sugarcanes and plant them in the sand to create a square mandap. Tie them together with a rope and apply kumkum and haldi on the shoots of the sugarcane.
  • Make a mold inside the mandap using clay and invoke the Chhathi Maiya.
  • Light ghee or oil lamps. Light 6 lamps for the Goddess and take the seventh one home. This lamp must be kept alight all night and carried to the puja location the next day.
  • Make offerings of incense sticks, akshat, sindoor, fruits, flowers, thekua, bhog, as well as a new saree. Offer the rice harvested in sixty days known as saathi ka chawal.
  • Join hands and pray to the Goddess for the health, wealth, and prosperity of your family. Offer the basket kept aside to the Goddess.
  • Pray to the Sun as it sets down for the day.
  • After the evening prayers are complete, return home and make preparations for the puja of the next day.

Rituals Associated with Chhath 2022:

The Chhath Puja rituals are extremely important and are performed with a great deal of devotion by the worshippers. Let us look at some of these rituals in detail-

  • Devotees observe a day-long fast on this occasion, ending it by eating the prasad after offering prayers to the Goddess in the evening. This is known as Kharna, and devotees eat kheer, puris, and banana at the end of the day.
  • On day three of the festival, devotees have to observe a fast without eating or drinking anything. The whole day is spent in the preparations of the Sandhya Arghya, where the setting sun is offered prayers on the riverbank.
  • Kosi or Kosiya is an important ritual of this festival where devotees keep earthen pots under the shade of sugarcanes that are tied with a yellow cloth after the Sandhya Arghya.
  • On the final day of the festival, devotees offer Bihaniya or the morning Arghya to the rising Sun on the ghats. The puja ends with prayers offered to the Goddess and seeking blessings from the elders at home.

Astrological Significance of Chhath Puja 2022 Date:

The puja performed on this festival holds a lot of significance, but it also has a lot of relevance from an astrological point of view. As per the science of astrology, those people who are experiencing the malefic influence of the Sun in their birth chart should perform this puja with deep devotion, especially while performing an arghya to the Sun god. People who want to increase the power of the Sun in their birth chart should especially perform this puja to reap its manifold benefits. It is believed that this puja is extremely powerful, and by performing it, one can remove all the hurdles in their life. It attracts abundance and prosperity in the lives of the devotees and brings health and well-being to their families.

Legend Associated with Chhath Puja 2022:

As per the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, King Priyavrat, who was the eldest son of Manu Swayambhu, was without an heir. As a result, he was extremely distressed. To ease his woes, Maharishi Kashyap suggested that they should perform a yajna. The yajna was organized as per Maharishi’s instructions, and soon after, Queen Malini gave birth to a son. However, the baby died right after his birth. The King was disheartened, and the entire family was drowning in sorrow. Seeing this, Shashti Mata appeared in front of the family on a craft in the sky. The king sought the blessings of the Goddess who introduced herself as Lord Brahma’s daughter. She was the protector of all the children in the world and showered her blessings upon the kids as well as those parents who were childless. She gave life to the king’s dead son and blessed the entire family. The king, moved by the Goddess’s blessings, joined both his hands in gratitude, seeking her grace. Since then, the festival of happy Chhath puja has been celebrated all around the world.

Nature is at the center of this puja and its significance, reminding us all once again that we need to exist in harmony with our surroundings and its many bountiful blessings!

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