Chhath Puja, a vibrant festival dedicated to the sun, concluded in Nepal with devotees expressing profound devotion by offering ‘Araghya’ to the rising sun while immersing themselves in the sacred Bagmati River. This marked the culmination of four days of rigorous fasting, symbolizing a celebration of faith and resilience. Dedicated to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya, the festival is observed with unwavering devotion over four consecutive days.
Fasting Hindu women, accompanied by their spouses, immersed themselves in the sacred waters of the Bagmati River, patiently awaiting the sunrise. With the first rays of sunlight touching the devoted souls, they ceremoniously presented their offerings, formally concluding the four days of fasting during Chhath Puja.
Chhath Puja is a cultural spectacle celebrated not only in various north-Indian states but also embraced by communities outside the country. The ritualistic significance of submerging in the holy river and offering prayers to the sun reflects the deep spiritual connection and enduring faith exhibited by the participants.
This festive observance is a testimony to the unyielding belief in the divine, as devotees come together to express their reverence for Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya. The conclusion of the festival at the break of dawn symbolizes a moment of spiritual renewal, marking the end of a period of fasting and paving the way for a new beginning filled with blessings and positivity. Chhath Puja stands not only as a celebration of tradition but also as a testament to the strength of faith and the resilience of the human spirit.