Chhath observed in Raghuthanpur Pond in Lahan. | Photo: Mithlesh Yadav / Republica
LAHAN, Nov 15: This year's Chhath festival concluded on Wednesday after the devotees made offerings to the rising sun in the morning.
The four-day long Hindu festival, which is observed primarily in the tarai districts by people of Madhesi origin, is dedicated to the Sun God. Devotees also ended their 36-hour long fast on sunrise of the fourth day.
Those who had participated in fasting since the beginning of the festival on Monday started reaching ponds, lakes and river banks of their localities by 2 o'clock in the morning. They then patiently awaited for the Sun God to rise and paid obeisance to the deity.
Devotees then headed to their homes after eating prasad.
Chhath is a festival of goodwill, faith and social harmony as people from all backgrounds come together in a common place to worship the Sun God.
It is believed that appeasing the Sun God brings happiness, prosperity, well-being and longevity of the family members.