Lakhs of people throng ghats across India to celebrate Chhath
Posted on: Nov 07, 2016 06:46 PM IST | Updated on: Nov 07, 2016 07:35 PM IST
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The four-day long 'Chhath' festival ended today with devotees offering 'Arghya' to the rising sun god. Lakhs of devotees, who thronged the banks of the Ganga river and other water bodies across the state, ended their 36 hour fast by offering to the rising Sun god early this morning.
In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar offered 'arghya' to the rising Sun at a pond built at his official residence -- 1, Aney Marg -- and prayed to the sun god for the peace, prosperity and development of the state and the country. Kumar's sister-in-law did the puja at the Chief Minister's residence. In a departure, the family of Kumar's ally and RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav did not celebrate 'Chhath' at his 10 Circular Road residence, which used to be the centre of media attention every year.
Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, who himself inspected ghats last evening and this morning and monitored the entire arrangements, expressed satisfaction on the successful completion of the puja and said administration would honour officials and employees for their good work, an official release said. Elaborate security arrangements were made by the district administration on the banks of the Ganga and ponds in Patna and elsewhere.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were posted at the ghats with boats and other equipment for rescue and relief operation personnel. Municipal authorities too had made elaborate arrangements to spruce up ghats across the city and roads leading to ghats.
As per the reports available from various districts, devotees thronged rivers, ponds to offer arghya to the rising Sun god with all gaiety and enthusiasm.