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Devotees offering argha to the setting sun on the occasion of Chhath festival, at Gangasagar pond, Janakpurdham, on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Photo: RSS

Chhath festival to begin on Sunday

The main ritual of the four-day Chhath festival will formally begin on Sunday.

The festival is observed for four days, from Kartik Shukla Chaturthi to Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar.

hose observing the festival dedicated to the Sun God, will pay reverence and make offerings to rising and setting sun.

The Chhath festival observed as common cultural symbol is celebrated as per religious tradition and much fanfare in lowland regions in southern parts of the country.

Sun which is considered as the god of energy and of life-force is worshiped during the Chhath festival to attain well-being, prosperity and progress.

Rituals of the festival include taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to the ‘rising and setting Sun” culture expert Ram Dayal Rakesh said.

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