Chhath Puja 2023: Chhath is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Surya Dev, often known as the Sun God. This ancient Hindu celebration originated in the Indian subcontinent, notably in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. During Chhath Puja, prayers are offered to the sun deity Surya to thank him for all of life’s benefits and to request that specific requests be granted. The auspicious event is devoted to Chhathi Maiya, Lord Surya’s sister and the sixth manifestation of Devi Prakriti. It is observed on the sixth day of the lunar month of Kartika, or Vikram Samvat, six days after Deepavali.
Among the four-day rites include holy washing, fasting, and water abstention, standing in water, and presenting prasad and arghya to the rising and dying suns. Some devotees march in prostration to the riverbanks. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding this year over the festival’s dates. Scroll down for more information, including the proper dates and shubh muhurat for Chhath Puja in 2023.
When is the Chhath Puja in 2023?
According to the Drik Panchang, the auspicious festival of Chhath will be celebrated with much pomp and grandeur this year, beginning on Friday, November 17, and finishing on Monday, November 20. Check out the dates and Shubh Muhurat for each of the festival’s four days below.
Day 1: Nahay Khay (November 17th, 2023)
The first day of the Chhath celebration is Nahay Khay. Women who observe the Chhath vrat eat only one meal on this auspicious day, and devotees take a holy bath. The dawn time for today is 06:45 a.m., and the sunset time is 17:27 p.m., according to Drik Panchang.
Day 2: Kharna and Lohanda (November 18th, 2023)
Kharna, the second day of Chhath, is marked by a waterless fast from sunrise until sunset. Only after sundown can devotees break their fast and offer food to the Sun God. Drik Panchang reports that the dawn time on this day is 06:46 am and the sunset time is 17:26 pm.
Day 3: Chhath Puja or Sandhya Arghya (November 19th, 2023).
On the third day of Chhath, Sandhya Arghya, Arghya is presented to the sun at sunset, and the fast lasts all night. Drik Panchang indicates that the dawn and sunset times for today are 06:46 am and 5:26 pm, respectively.
Day 4: Usha Arghya or Parana Day (November 20th, 2023)
Usha Arghya, the fourth and last day of Chhath, is dedicated to presenting Arghya to the rising sun. After making gifts to the Sun God, the 36-hour fast is broken on this final day. The dawn time on this day is 06:47 am and the sunset time is 17:26 pm, according to Drik Panchang.