forDAINIK NATION BUREAU
Chhath puja, which was earlier an important festival of Bihar and eastern UP and now spread across the country, celebrated by offering prayer to setting sun by the devotees across the state. To facilitate the devotees most of the volunteers including Purva sanskritik manch and Bihari Mahasabha and other social welfare were working very hard for the last few days. Although the festical was celebrated across the state but in Dehradun large number of people had gathered at tapkeshwar temple, which is situated on the embankment of tons river, and conducted under the supervision of Bihari mahasabha.
Even public representative donated financial help from MLA local area development fund for constructing artificial ponds in several places. To facilitate them state government had declared gazetted holiday on this occasion. Former chief minister Harish Rawat started the tradition by declaring gazetted holiday on chhath. Since then the day is being observed as public holiday.
There is common belief that Sun heals many diseases and brings prosperity. The festival being celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Karthika in vikram samwat, by following rigorous routine that lasts for four days. It includes abstinence from drinking water, holy bathing, offering prayers to setting sun and rising sun by standing in waist deep water. They perform puja to thank god for supporting life on earth by praying to setting sun and seek the divine blessing by offering prayer to rising sun.
Talking to the dainiknation.com Haridwar MP local representative Sanjay Thakur said that as we know that large number of bihar and up people resides in this locality so they had made arrangement at gular ghati, nakraunda and harrawal. A large number of devotees offer prayer to setting sun today.