DatesStart Date: 10-11-2021 End Date: 11-11-2021
Chhatha Puja, also known as Surya Shashthi, is an ancient festival prevalent since Vedic ages in India. The festival celebrates Sun God and his sister Chhahthi Maiya, along with Sun God's consorts Usha and Pratyusha. Chhath festival holds great significance for the Indian people of the Hindu community and is also celebrated in Nepal. This festival is celebrated to express gratitude to Sun God for bestowing bounties of life and vegetation on Earth.
The festival is celebrated to worship the Sun God, the source of all energy for blessing the earth with life. Devotees all across India pray Surya Dev enthusiastically, in hope of seeking success and well being of the family members and peers. Festival is also celebrated to worship Chhathi Maiya, she is believed to bestow children to mothers. Women all across India worship her to be bestowed with a healthy child. This festival is celebrated six days after Diwali. According to the legend, after Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya and established Ramrajya, his consort Goddess Sita performed Chhath Puja and was blessed with her children Luv and Kush. The festival is celebrated over the course of six days, and various rituals are performed in stages during this time. It is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in Bihar. It is also celebrated with very enthusiastically across Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. Nepal also celebrates Chhath Puja with enormous zeal.
Chhath is ritualized by a phase of abstinence and purity observed by the devotee. During the four days of Chhath Puja devotee is isolated from the family and performs a ritual on each of the days. The four days of worship and their rituals are:
Food during Chhath Puja is prepared using flour, rice, fresh fruits, dry fruits, nuts, jaggery, coconut, and ghee. Salt, onion, and garlic are not used during the four days of Chhath Puja. Thekua is a traditional delicacy prepared during Chhath Puja and is a must-have if you visit Bihar during the festival
Bihar has covered a long way up to improve its law and order, and is now in the world map as a fast developing tourist destination. During the Sonepur Mela, there is a heavy police presence and security guards as allotted by Bihar Tourism Tourist Village. Sonepur Mela is something that is unique, distinct and almost untouched since centuries to maintain its exclusivity. It is among those must-visit and must-experience carnivals that are going to leave the reminiscences fresh for long.
Delhi - Lucknow
Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Delhi
Delhi - Varanasi
Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaisali - Patna - Rajgir - Nalanda - Bodhgaya
Kolkata - Bodhgaya
Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaisali - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Delhi
Mumbai - Aurangabad
Bhopal - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna - Balrampur - Lucknow - Delhi