After Diwali, people belonging to the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are gearing up to celebrate Chhath Puja. Chhath Puja is a matter of great reverence for the people of both these states. People worship 'Sun' god for couple of days.
Now, the Chhath festival organising committee under the Noida Extension Flat Owners and Welfare Association (NEFOWA) has got the approval from the Greater Noida Authority to organise the festival at Iteda Village near Cherry County.
With the approval, it will now be easier for people living in various high rises to offer prayers at Greater Noida West. The Chhath Ghat (shore of pond) has been prepared in the green belt area.
“Previous organising team of Cherry County residents had managed to get the place to develop a Chhath Ghat with the help of Greater Noida Authority. New organising team has decided to make it a better place to the people visiting with their families to perform their traditional rituals for seeking betterment for their families. Around 40,000 people are living in this area and are expected to come here in large number,” said Abhishek Kumar, head of NEFOWA.
Families visiting Chhath Ghat will have enough pace to park their vehicles. Naval Singh, another member of organising team said, “With the support of Greater Noida Authority we have increased the length of existing Ghat to provide place for families to perform Chhathi Maiya’s Puja. Visitors will have three side parking space around the ground where the Ghat is located.”
Chhath Puja is an Indian thanksgiving festival devoted to the Sun God Surya and his wife Usha. People during Chhath Puja thank the Sun God for sustaining and supporting life on earth and seek his protection and blessings.
Chhath Puja is not a gender-specific festival. Also, it is believed that once a family starts performing Chhath Puja, it is their duty to perform it every year and pass it on to the following generations. The festival is skipped only in case of death in the family that year.