Chatt puja, one of the biggest Hindu festivals is celebrated all over India and Nepal mainly among the Biharis and people of Uttar Pradesh. Lord Surya or Sun is worshipped during the puja in order to thank him for all his blessings in our lives. Here are certain facts about this amazing festival of Sun.
Chatti Maiya is the Goddess worshipped during Chatt puja. She is believed to be the younger sister of Lord Surya and a deity in the Vedas.
The significance of the festival is to offer puja to Usha and Pratyusha, the wives of Lord Surya. Usha is the first ray of the sun when the day begins while Pratyusha is the last ray of the sun before the day ends. According to the Vedic mythology, Usha is symbolic to the dawn of rising consciousness among individuals. Both the Goddess are offered with milk and water during the Chatt Parva.
It is believed that by offering the puja to Lord Surya, he will bless the people with happiness and prosperity besides curing many skin diseases especially leprosy with the pure ray of the sun.
Chatt puja is observed on the month of Karthik in Sukla Shashti, in October-November according to Gregorian English Calender.
The puja is observed for four days where the devotees keep their fast even without drinking water. The fast ends with Surya namaskar and fruits the fourth day with the rising sun.
It is said that Lord Rama and Sita had offered puja to Surya Dev after they returned from the 14 years of exile. Since then this has been a popular and traditional festival among the Hindus.
Another story related to Chatt puja says that there once lived a king who had no child. After lots of puja organised in his palace, the queen gave birth to a child, who was dead. It was then that the couple prayed for Devi Ma who landed on the Earth and touched the baby to make it come alive. Since then the king decided to do this puja in his palace every year which is followed even today among the Hindus.
And ofcourse, we can’t forget the delicious Thekuas! We always expected Thekuas from our friends after Chatt. Share this with your buddies and demand your Thekuas!