Chhath Puja has started from today. Chhath Puja is the mahaparva of Lokastha. Chhath Parv is celebrated every year on the 6th day of shukla paksha of Kartik Mas. Basically, being the Surya Shashti Vrat, it is called Chhath. The festival is celebrated twice a year. First time in Chaitra and second time in Kartik. Chhath Parv celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Shashti is called Kartiki Chhath. The festival begins with nahay-khaya and ends on the fourth day with the sun rising, i.e., Chhath Puja is a four-day festival. During this period, the fasting people observe a fast for 36 hours continuously. During this time, they do not even take water. There are many folk tales associated with this festival of public faith, let us know what these folk tales are.
Shriram and Mother Sita worship Edited Suryadev
According to a mythological legend, Kartik Shukla Shashti was fasted by Lord Ram and Mother Sita on the day of the establishment of ram rajya after the Conquest of Lanka and worshipped Suryadeva. Saptami had received blessings from Suryadev by performing the ritual again at sunrise.
Surya Puja was also performed by Draupadi
According to another legend, Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, is also mentioned to worship the sun. She wished her family good health and performed surya puja regularly for a long life.
Surya Putra Karna worships Sun God
According to another belief, chhath parv started in the Mahabharata period. First, Surya Putra Karna started worshipping The Sun God. Karna was the supreme devotee of Lord Surya. He used to stand in the water for hours every day and give the sun a longitude. It was by the grace of the sun that he became a great warrior. Even today, the same method of aadhi daan is prevalent in Chhath.
King Priyavrat worships 6th Maiya
This story is also mentioned in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. King Priyavrat, the son of the first Manu Swayambhuv, had no children. Because of this, they were unhappy. Maharshi Kashyap asks the king to perform yagna to get a son. According to the orders of the Maharishi, the king performed the yagna. Maharani Malini then gave birth to a son but unfortunately the baby was born dead. The king and other family members were deeply saddened by this. It was then that a plane landed from the sky in which Mother Shashti was sitting. When the king prayed to him, he introduced himself and said, “I am Shashti Devi, the manas daughter of Brahma.” I protect all the children of the world and bless the childless with children. ”
The goddess then touched the dead baby, blessing him, which brought him back to life. The king was very pleased with the grace of the goddess and worshipped the Goddess Shashti. It is believed that it was then that this puja gradually spread everywhere.