India celebrates Chhath Puja: Devotees flock to Ganga, Yamuna on third day of festival

Celebrated from the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath Puja is celebrated to pay obeisance to the sun as cosmic energy.

FP Staff October 26, 2017 21:16:22 IST
Celebrated from the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath Puja is observed to pay obeisance to the sun as cosmic energy. PTI
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Celebrated from the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath Puja is observed to pay obeisance to the sun as cosmic energy. PTI
The four-day festival is observed mainly by the people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchalis, a sizable number of whom is settled in Delhi. PTI
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The four-day festival is observed mainly by the people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchalis, a sizable number of whom is settled in Delhi. PTI
Elaborate arrangements were made by the Delhi government and civic bodies for lakhs of devotees who throng the ghats of the Yamuna river and other water bodies for Chhath Puja. PTI
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Elaborate arrangements were made by the Delhi government and civic bodies for lakhs of devotees who throng the ghats of the Yamuna river and other water bodies for Chhath Puja. PTI
On the third day, the devotees stand in water and offer 'arghya' to the setting sun. On the final day of the puja, they converge at the river bank before sunrise and offer 'arghya' to the rising sun. PTI
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On the third day, the devotees stand in water and offer 'arghya' to the setting sun. On the final day of the puja, they converge at the river bank before sunrise and offer 'arghya' to the rising sun. PTI
The Delhi government had announced a public holiday on the occasion of Chhath Puja on 26 October, the third day of the festival. All the establishments, including offices and schools of the north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations were closed on Thursday. PTI
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The Delhi government had announced a public holiday on the occasion of Chhath Puja on 26 October, the third day of the festival. All the establishments, including offices and schools of the north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations were closed on Thursday. PTI
The West Bengal administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure safety of devotees along Ganga ghats on this occasion. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to her Twitter account to wish her followers "Happy Chhath Puja". PTI
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The West Bengal administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure safety of devotees along Ganga ghats on this occasion. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to her Twitter account to wish her followers "Happy Chhath Puja". PTI
Security have been stepped up in Patna and its adjacent areas in view of the four-day-long Chhath festival which entered its third day on Thursday. PTI
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Security have been stepped up in Patna and its adjacent areas in view of the four-day-long Chhath festival which entered its third day on Thursday. PTI
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar undertook a steamer ride to take stock of the arrangements at the various ghats along the Ganga for the Chhath festival. Kumar also took part in the Chhath festival by offering 'arghya' at a pond inside his official residence in Patna. PTI
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar undertook a steamer ride to take stock of the arrangements at the various ghats along the Ganga for the Chhath festival. Kumar also took part in the Chhath festival by offering 'arghya' at a pond inside his official residence in Patna. PTI