Chhath Pooja:An Eco-freindly Food Festival !
Chhath Puja is one of the holiest festivals in Hindu Religion. It is especially celebrated by people originating from Bihar ,who are distributed world-wide. It is after six days of Diwali.
Devotees are gearing up for Chhath Pooja!
Chhath Puja is the worship of sun God. , who is the source of all life –forms in the world. People of almost all community worship Sun in one form or the other. The chhath Puja in India has no parallel in the world.
According to the tradition Chhath Puja, people have to keep fast until they pay homage to the rising sun god on the bank of a river.
Devotee offering 'Arghya' to Sun God!
In the present scenario of global warming and pollution ,Chhath Puja has significant as it is the worship of the most important element of nature for all life forms,the Sun. Chhath is also an eco-friendly festival as only unprocessed natural products are used in it as puja material.
Eco-friendly Prayer with fruits !
Now I am coming to the food –aspect of Chhath Puja. Like other hindu festivals ,people kept fast in Chata also .Fruits are an indispensable offerings in Chhath Puja. Fruits like apple, banana ,guava ,orange, ‘gagal’ etc. The festive fruit of India raw coconut also used. Sugarcane is also an one of the most important offering in Chhath . The dietary items for ‘prasad consists of Puri ,Thekua, khajur etc.
Poori Thekua or Khazoor
Basically Chhath Puja is the worship of Nature and it is quite unique. Chhath is celebrated with great enthusiasm , joy and devotion.