Devotees offer Arghya to rising Sun

  • Grand culmination of Chhath Puja in Bhopal

Bhopal: Bhopal witnessed a spectacular conclusion to the Chhath Puja celebrations as devotees gathered in large numbers to offer Arghya to the rising sun on Monday morning. The festival, dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, reached its pinnacle with a display of devotion and cultural fervor.

Throughout the weekend, the city was adorned with colorful decorations, and the air was filled with the sounds of traditional Chhath Puja songs. Devotees, clad in traditional attire, thronged the ghats and water bodies in and around Bhopal to perform the rituals associated with the festival.

On Monday, the enthusiasm peaked as the devotees congregated along the banks of lakes, braving the early morning chill. The Chhath Vratis, fasting devotees, offered Arghya (water, milk, and offerings) to the rising Sun, expressing gratitude and seeking blessings for the well-being of their families.

The atmosphere was charged with spirituality as the rhythmic chants and hymns echoed across the water bodies. The rising sun became the focal point of the celebration, symbolizing purity, life, and prosperity.

Government authorities and local administrations worked in tandem to ensure the smooth conduct of the festival, providing necessary facilities and security arrangements for the devotees. The police and volunteers were deployed to manage the crowd and maintain order during the rituals.

Chhath Puja, an ancient Hindu festival primarily observed in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and parts of Nepal, has gained popularity in various parts of the country, including Bhopal. The festival is marked by rigorous fasting, offering prayers, and performing rituals near water bodies.

The conclusion of Chhath Puja in Bhopal not only showcased the religious diversity of the city but also served as a reminder of the cultural harmony that exists among its residents. The grand spectacle of devotees offering Arghya to the rising sun added another colorful chapter to the cultural tapestry of Bhopal.

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