New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Har Chhath 2021 is celebrated two days before Krishna Janmashtami 2021. It is one of the important Hindu festivals as it is dedicated to Lord Balrama, Shri Krishna's elder brother.  On this day all the mothers observe a day-long fast for the well being of their children. Har Chhath is celebrated with various names in Indian states, such as Chandra sashti in Rajasthan, Randhan Chhat in Gujarat, Baladeva Chhat in Braj. 

Apart from mothers, farmers on this day worship sacred tools of farming like pestle and shovel which were used by Lord Balaram. They pray for a bountiful harvest. This festival is celebrated on the shashti (sixth day) of Krishna Paksha of the month Bhadrapad of the Hindu Lunar calendar. This year it falls on August 28, 2021.

Har Chatt: Date and time

  • Shashti starts August 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm
  • Shashti ends August 28, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Har Chatt: Significance

The festival is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Balaram is believed to be an avatar of Sheshnaag, who is associated with Lord Vishnu. Balaram used farm equipment plough as his weapon, it has a strong association with farmers and farming, therefore Har Chhath is celebrated by farmers with great zeal and gaiety.

Har Chatt: Legend

According to the Hindu legend, the child in the womb of Uttara, wife of Arjuna was killed during Mahabharata. On the advice of Lord Krishna, she observed Shashti vrat with devotion. She could save her destroyed womb. Therefore, it is believed that this vrat is observed for progeny.

Har Chatt: Puja Rituals

- Rituals are mainly performed by women.
- They take early bath and prepare for Lalhi Chhath puja.
- The place of worship is cleaned and cow dung is applied.
- A small well is prepared and worshipped with Satavya, which is a combination of seven grains.
- The weapon of Balaram is plough, so a resembling structure with straw grass stem and palaash is made and worshipped.
- Women observe strict fast. Food sown in the farm is not eaten, only Pashar rice are eaten.
- Six small earthen pots filled with grains for every child is kept at puja place and worshipped.
- They recite Hal Shashti vrat katha.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal