Chhat puja or the Hindu Sun festival is the most colorful festival in celebration of the Sun. In Navi Mumbai as well, the festival will be celebrated on the 28th at Nerul Pond on Palm Beach Road. Believers will observe chhat puja at the Nerul pond on Palm Road. The Nagrik Seva Samiti under the leadership of it’s President R K is organizing the chhat puja here. On chhat puja several believers traditionally worship the ‘sun god’ here, which is the only occasion when the setting sun is worshipped. It is celebrated twice a year, once in “Chaitra’ (according to the Hindu calendar) which falls in March and in ‘Kartik’ which falls in November. For the festival, people maintain sanctity and purity for a month before the event. Folk songs sung in the honour of ‘Surya Dev’ – The Sun God and ‘Chhati Maiyya’ – The Twilight Mother can be heard at every nook and corner in Bihar. “Chhat Puja” or worship of sun god is especially significant for married women who observe a two-day fast and offer prayers standing waist-deep in water for at least two hours and offer fruits and flowers to Surya, the Sun God. People go to bathing ghats on riverbanks and pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun during the festival, which is celebrated from the sixth of Diwali for three days. Traditional music is also an integral part of this festival.
October 17, 2008