New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Chhath or 'Chhath Parva' or 'Dala Chhath' is a festival that celebrated with a lot of fervour and zeal in India, especially in Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Observed six days after the auspicious festival of Diwali, Chhath is celebrated in over four days to worship Surya Dev and Shashthi Devi.

The festival is observed over four days. The first day of Chhath is known as 'Nahaye Khaye' in which people clean their houses. The second day is called 'Kharna' in which the devotees observe a fast whole day. On the third day, which is 'Sandhya Arghya', the devotees offer their prayers to Surya Dev during the Kartik Shukla Shashthi.

While worshipping the Surya Dev on 'Sandhya Arghya', the devotees decorate a basket with fruits, thekua and rice laddus and offer milk and water to him. People also worship Chhathi Maiya on this day and sing songs in order to praise her and seek her blessings.

What are sunset timings for Chhath Puja 'Sandhya Arghya' in 2020?

This year, the Chhath Puja 'Sandhya Arghya' will be performed on November 20. Following are the timings for sunset according to timesanddates.com for Chhath Puja 'Sandhya Arghya' across different states:

New Delhi: 5.26 pm

Patna (Bihar): 4.59 pm

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): 5.34 pm

Chandigarh (Haryana): 5.23 pm

Raipur (Chhattisgarh): 5.20 pm

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): 5.05 pm

Ranchi (Jharkhand): 5.03 pm

Kolkata (West Bengal): 4.51 pm

What is the puja vidhi for Chhath Puja 2020 'Sandhya Arghya'?

The fast which begins on day two of Chhath puja continues till the end of the third day. On the third day of the Chhath puja, the devotees decorate a basket made up of bamboos which contain fruits, vegetables and thekuas. In the evening, the devotees travel to a riverside or pond with the basket where they worship Surya Dev and Chhathi Maiyya and sing Chhath geet.

The devotees also make a statue or idol of Chhathi Maiya with clay from the river bank and light six lamps to worship her while standing in knee-deep water. Later, the devotees also offer milk and water to Surya Dev.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma