President Droupadi Murmu extends warm and heartfelt congratulations to all countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Chhath Puja, emphasizing the festival’s dual significance in venerating the Sun God and expressing gratitude to water sources. The President’s words resonate with the essence of Chhath Puja, urging citizens to draw inspiration from nature and commit to a balanced approach between development and environmental preservation.
Chhath Puja: A Spiritual Journey Honoring Surya Dev and Chhathi Maiya
Chhath Puja, deeply rooted in the cultural tapestry of the Indian subcontinent, holds a special place in the hearts of millions across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and the Nepalese provinces of Koshi, Madhesh, and Lumbini. The festival, taking place six days after Diwali, is dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, Surya Dev, and the sixth form of Devi Prakriti, Chhathi Maiya.
As President Murmu rightly acknowledges, Chhath Puja extends beyond religious rituals, encompassing a profound connection with nature. The four-day observance involves holy bathing, fasting, standing in water, and offering prasad and arghya to the rising and setting sun. Devotees, in their devotion, often embark on a prostration march towards riverbanks, symbolizing a deep reverence for the elements.
Environmental Harmony: Chhath Puja as an Eco-Friendly Celebration
Environmentalists acclaim Chhath Puja as one of the world’s most eco-friendly religious festivals. The uniform preparation of Prasada and offerings by all devotees adds to its sustainable nature. Widely celebrated in Nepal, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, and embraced by diaspora communities, Chhath Puja transcends geographical boundaries, finding fervent celebration in northern regions and major urban centers like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kathmandu Valley.
President Droupadi Murmu’s call for environmental protection aligns seamlessly with Chhath Puja’s ethos, urging citizens to integrate traditional practices with modern environmental stewardship. As the nation comes together to celebrate this sacred festival, may the rays of Surya Dev illuminate not only the waters but also the collective consciousness of the people, fostering a commitment to ecological balance and sustainable development.