Dwarka residents are set to celebrate Chhath puja. This puja is an ancient Hindu Vedic festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent, more specifically, the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and many parts of the country.
The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun and his Sister Usha/Shashti Devi/ Chhathi Maiya/Katyayani form of Durga/Devasena to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
Special ghats are being prepared at various places in Delhi NCR. Chhath Puja is scheduled to be held on 2nd of November 2019 and 3rd November (evening of November 2 and early morning of November 3)
At Sector 11, Dwarka, Chhath Puja is being organised by the Dwarka Religious Social and Cultural Association. The construction of the ghats are at the final stages
Robin Sharma, the president of Chhatt association said that “As our celebration has become very popular because of the increasing number of devotees we have increased the number of ghaats to 25 this year from last year’s 21. The entire area is being covered with carpet so that people can sit the way they do at the ghaats in their villages.” including “This year, we are making a traditional havan Bhavan perform rituals.” and proper first-aid and other medical facilities to meet any eventuality at the ghaats, he added.
At Sector 11 they have decided to use every single drop of water. Hence, they have arranged tankers to send the water from the ghaat, after puja, to green areas and parks to water plants and trees. This way they are trying to spread the message to save water through the puja.
Dada Dev Mela Ground Chhath Ghat, Sector 8 DDA park Chhath Ghat, Sector 11 Chhath Ghat, Dwarka Dabri Chhath Ghaat, Nasirpur Chhath Ghaat, Chhath Puja Ghaat, Durga Park West Delhi are some of the biggest venues for the celebration of the festival in Dwarka and its surrounding areas in West Delhi where thousands of people worship Sun God together.
Every year, as the number of people are increasing so the authorities are very much concerned about providing facilities for the festival. You can see the increased number of ghaats in Sector 11 and Sector 8 as well. Another big Chhath puja at Dwarka ‘s Sector 8 and Dada Dev Mela ground of Dwarka Palam Chhath Puja Samiti is being organised by Mr Mukesh Singh.
Mukesh said that “We have cleaned and maintained the ghaat and have arranged free raw cow milk and Gangajal and also priests for the arghya for the evening and morning both. Several arrangements have been made for the devotees so that they could get a perfect religious atmosphere.”
There are various societies where puja is being organised inside premises and devotees are offering puja on the terrace in artificial water tanks. At Radhika apartments of Sector 14, the puja is being organised by Radhika Chhath Pooja Samiti. A ghaat has been made in the temple premises. According to the organising committees of the area, people from other communities have also started celebrating the festival in a very religious way like the people of UP and Bihar.
By Navuddit Khatri