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Chhath wish fulfilled: 3 women deliver babies in midst of festivities at famous Bihar temple

One of the three children was born on Thursday afternoon, just hours before the mother offered the first arghya (obeisance) to the setting sun on Thursday. The other two were born in early hours of Friday,

india Updated: Oct 27, 2017 18:30 IST
Prashant Ranjan
Prashant Ranjan
Hindustan Times, Ara
Chhath festival,3 deliveries,Wish fulfilled
The famous Sun temple at Belaur in Bihar’s Bhojpur district, a popular spot for Chhath celebration. (File photo)

Their determination to participate in the festivities of Chhath, Bihar’s post popular festival, despite their advanced stages of pregnancy had three women delivering their babies on the sprawling premises of the Sun temple at Belaur in Bhojpur district of south central Bihar.

One of the three children was born on Thursday afternoon, just hours before the mother offered the first arghya (obeisance) to the setting sun on Thursday. The other two came into this world in the early hours of Friday, some hours before the second arghya, offered to the rising sun on Friday.

“To have a child born on Chhath day is a dream come true for any devout woman”, said devotees in the know of the three births. There could be n better way of doing it than deliver it at the Belaur sun temple, situated in Udwantnagar police station area, 12 km south from district headquarters town of Ara.

The three mothers could not be located but the authorities confirmed the event.

“Despite being in advanced stages of pregnancy, the women had insisted on performing Chhath, which involves fasting and strict observance of body testing rituals, said their relations accompanying them”, said a priest in the vicinity of the Belaur sun temple.

The deliveries were made under the supervision of doctors at the makeshift medical camp there. Volunteers deployed for the smooth conduct of the Chhath festivities had assisted the three women in their pre and post delivery processes.

All this was confirmed by Bhojpur civil surgeon Ras Bihari Singh. He said when the first woman delivered a male child, he was himself present at the famous Belaur ghat. He said the local health administration has made arrangement for two doctors and eight medical staff.

All three women safely delivered their babies at the medical camp.

The woman who delivered the male child on Thursday was identified as 27 year old Simanti Devi, wife of Kamlesh Paswan of Shahpur also under Udwantnagar police station. The sex of the other two children or the identities of their mothers could not be ascertained.

The birth of the three children was fructification of a famous wish associated with Chhath - that of having a child. “If I have a son or daughter in my arms, I will offer arghya to the sun god”, go the words of a song made famous by Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh. It applies very well to very popular Chhath wish.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 18:30 IST