Photo feature: People flood to the Yamuna banks to celebrate Chhath puja

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority had last week issued an order allowing the celebration of Chhath puja at designated sites in the city except on the banks of the Yamuna river.

Photo feature: People flood to the Yamuna banks to celebrate Chhath puja
Devotees paying obeisance to the setting sun on the occasion of Chhath Puja celebration on river Yamuna at the Kalindi Kunj Barage on Delhi-Noida border on 10 Nov. 2021. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Chhath or Suryasashti is a unique festival with rituals to pray to Sun God and his consorts Usha and Pratyusha. It is probably the only festival of its kind where prayers are offered to both the setting sun and the rising sun. The devotees worship sun for its bounties that let life survive on the planet. Prayers are offered to sun for good health and prosperity.

Leena Singh, associate professor of environmental sciences, Delhi University, paying obeisance to the rising sun on the occasion of Chhath puja celebration on the terrace of their house in New Delhi on 11th Nov. 2021.

The festival is performed with great enthusiasm in Eastern India — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha.

Chhath puja celebration at Yamuna river bank on Kalindi Kunj barrage Delhi/Noida border on Wednesday. 10/11/2021 Video by:Rajeev Bhatt

The rituals are very eco-friendly and almost all aspects of the rituals have natural benefits to derive from. Almost all fruits offered in the prayers are seasonal and rich in vitamin C, probably to provide us strong immunity during the winter months.