It is celebrated by natives of Mithila region of Nepal and India. This festival is dedicated to god Sun, thanking him for sustaining life on earth and to worship him to provide his continuous blessings to mankind. Chhath parba is observed for 4 days from Kartik Shukala chaturthi to Kartik Shukala Saptami. This festival falls in October or November in the English Calendar, right after three to seven days of the tihar festival
The Sun, source power of nature, considered the god of energy and lord of the life-force, is worshiped in Chhath to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. Hindu people believe sun helps to cure many illness and diseases. Sun is considered as source of healing too. Sun is also considered as token of stability and prosperity. Therefore, people worship sun to ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends and beloved ones. The ritual of Chhat Parba includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to ‘Rising and setting Lord Surya”. Some worshipers observe fasting even without water for 36 hours continuously.
Do: visit the Terain Mithila, lower plain regions e.g. Janakpur of Nepal. Take part in their sun meditations and worshippngs
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