Chhath Puja: UP government urges people to celebrate at home and follow Covid protocol
The Uttar Pradesh government has issued an advisory for Chhath Puja in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, advising people to perform rituals in their homes or nearby, as much as possible.
However, the government said that the local administration will arrange the traditional places near the rivers / ponds for the puja. People should follow Covid-19 protocols, such as wearing masks and respecting social distancing, the government claimed.
Chhath is dedicated to the Sun God and is one of the most popular festivals for the people of Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh or Purvanchal. Devotees gather and bathe in rivers, ponds, and other bodies of water during the four-day festivities from November 19-20.
Chhath puja is observed mainly by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and the bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh, and will be celebrated on November 20. This year, the main celebration is on November 20, when the devotees will offer ‘argha’ to the Sun God.
Meanwhile, preparations for Chhath Puja have begun in the Hasanganj area of Lucknow and on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi.
“Only a few devotees have come for Chhath Puja preparations amid Covid-19. Unlike this year, the place is usually full of devotees, ”said one devotee. (AND ME)