With four generations under one roof, Chhath becomes a great grand affair 
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With four generations under one roof, Chhath becomes a great grand affair 

It was a moment of ultimate joy for the family when four generations came together.

With four generations under one roof, Chhath becomes a great grand affair 

The Four-day long Chhath celebration drew to a close on Sunday with devotees offering final aragh to the rising sun god, the source of energy for the mankind, the flora and fauna and the entire and Mother Nature as a whole.

It is one of the most important festival for the people belonging to parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern UP called Poorvanchal.

People of the region have been celebrating the occasion for ages with traditional gaiety and religious fervour in the aforementioned region and took it along with them wherever they went and settled in India and abroad. 

The legacy of Chhath passed from one generation to another. One such family lives in Gurugram’s Palam Vihar where four generations came together to celebrate the Chhath Puja. 

An octogenarian couple, 86-year-old Bhukhan Narayan Singh and his 82-year-old wife, Dadnawati Devi, who belong to Village Medinipur in Bihar, recently came to stay with their son and grandson in Palam Vihar. It was a moment of ultimate joy for the family to celebrate the festival together with all the members of four generations under one roof. 

Bashishth Narayan,63, and Malti Devi, 60, have been observing the Chhath fast more than 35 years now to pray for the wellbeing of their family.

His son Bhutesh Narayan Singh, 41, and his 38-year-old wife, Jyoti Kumari, have also been following the family tradition with full dedication. Not just adults, but children too eagerly participated in the celebration.

“We have a huge family with grandparents and great grandparents. Together on Chhath, we find the auspicious occasion more enjoyable and jubilant, especially when all the four generations are celebrating the occasion together. We have been carrying forward our forefathers’ legacy, which in turn will be inherited by our children keeping the tradition alive,” said an elated Singh.

The rituals are rigorous and observed over a period of four days which include bathing, fasting without drinking even water, offering prasad and aragh to the setting and rising sun.

The festival commenced on October 31 with the nahai khay ritual, in which devotees cooked rice, chana daal, and gourd. The second day called Kharna when a special kheer using gur and rice is prepared as prasad. On the third day, Asthachalgami, devotees offered aragh to the setting sun. On the morning of the fourth and last day of the festival the aragh was offered to the rising sun marking the culmination of the festival.

The family prepared an artificial ghats on the roof of their house to avoid heavy rush at the regular ghats. Women of the family observed fast and performed all the rituals associated with the festival including offering aragh to rising sun god amid religious chants. 

“This is the most important festival for us preparations for which start months before. Women of the family ensure the sanctity of the festival which is based on purity and faith,” concluded the great grandpa.