Photos: Chhath Puja celebrations across India

Celebrated from the sixth day (hence called 'Chhath') after Diwali, Chhath Puja is an age-old tradition of paying obeisance to the Sun God, and is observed mainly in the regions of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

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A woman offers prayers to the Sun God during sunrise on the 2nd day of Chhath festival at Yamuna ghat , in Noida. On the occasion of the final day of the puja, people converged at river banks before sunrise and offered ‘Arghya’ to the rising sun in wicker baskets. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

A woman offers prayers to the Sun God during sunrise on the 2nd day of Chhath festival at Yamuna ghat , in Noida. On the occasion of the final day of the puja, people converged at river banks before sunrise and offered ‘Arghya’ to the rising sun in wicker baskets. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

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Devotees are seen praying to the Sun God at Dadar Chowpatty in Mumbai. Celebrated from the sixth day (hence called ‘Chhath’) after Diwali, it is celebrated to pay obeisance to the Sun as cosmic energy. The puja is observed mainly by the people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchalis. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Devotees are seen praying to the Sun God at Dadar Chowpatty in Mumbai. Celebrated from the sixth day (hence called ‘Chhath’) after Diwali, it is celebrated to pay obeisance to the Sun as cosmic energy. The puja is observed mainly by the people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchalis. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

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A woman offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath Puja in Lucknow. Vegetables, fruits and other natural products are offered to the Sun God on the last two days, and ‘thekua’ — a delicacy made out of fine flour, ghee and sugar is the main ‘prasad’, which is then distributed after the offerings. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

A woman offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath Puja in Lucknow. Vegetables, fruits and other natural products are offered to the Sun God on the last two days, and ‘thekua’ — a delicacy made out of fine flour, ghee and sugar is the main ‘prasad’, which is then distributed after the offerings. (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

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Women devotees put vermillion during Chhath Puja rituals at Juhu Beach in Mumbai. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Women devotees put vermillion during Chhath Puja rituals at Juhu Beach in Mumbai. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

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Devotees prepare ‘prasad’ on the occasion of ‘Kharna Puja’ at the bank of river Ganga in Patna, Bihar. Later on the second day of Chhath Puja they then cook ‘kheer’ (pudding) and roti on earthen chullahs, which is then distributed as ‘prasad’. (PTI)

Devotees prepare ‘prasad’ on the occasion of ‘Kharna Puja’ at the bank of river Ganga in Patna, Bihar. Later on the second day of Chhath Puja they then cook ‘kheer’ (pudding) and roti on earthen chullahs, which is then distributed as ‘prasad’. (PTI)

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In Bodhgaya Hindu devotees carry holy water from the river Falgu as part of festive rituals on the occasion oh 'Chhath Puja' on Wednesday. (PTI)

In Bodhgaya Hindu devotees carry holy water from the river Falgu as part of festive rituals on the occasion oh 'Chhath Puja' on Wednesday. (PTI)

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A passenger uses the emergency window to enter the Sampoorna Kranti Express which runs between Patna and New Delhi on Sunday. Massive rush was witnessed at New Delhi railway station as people leave for Bihar and UP for Chhath Puja. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

A passenger uses the emergency window to enter the Sampoorna Kranti Express which runs between Patna and New Delhi on Sunday. Massive rush was witnessed at New Delhi railway station as people leave for Bihar and UP for Chhath Puja. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

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People purchase vegetables, fruits and other natural products at Geeta Colony in New Delhi, which are offered to the Sun God on the last two days of the Puja. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

People purchase vegetables, fruits and other natural products at Geeta Colony in New Delhi, which are offered to the Sun God on the last two days of the Puja. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

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In Kolkata people buy sugarcane from a market ahead of Chhath Puja on Monday. Devotees during this period strive towards purity and live frugally. (PTI)

In Kolkata people buy sugarcane from a market ahead of Chhath Puja on Monday. Devotees during this period strive towards purity and live frugally. (PTI)

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A hand-rickshaw puller ferries an elderly woman carrying bunches of bananas, ahead of Chhath puja festival in Kolkata, West Bengal. (PTI)

A hand-rickshaw puller ferries an elderly woman carrying bunches of bananas, ahead of Chhath puja festival in Kolkata, West Bengal. (PTI)

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The Delhi administration and municipal corporations are working to spruce up ghats and clean areas around water bodies to ensure the festival goes off smoothly. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

The Delhi administration and municipal corporations are working to spruce up ghats and clean areas around water bodies to ensure the festival goes off smoothly. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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A woman takes a selfie during the Chhath Puja festival near India Gate in New Delhi. Chhath, this year, commenced on 24th October and ended on the 27th morning with devotees offering Arghya’ to the rising sun. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

A woman takes a selfie during the Chhath Puja festival near India Gate in New Delhi. Chhath, this year, commenced on 24th October and ended on the 27th morning with devotees offering Arghya’ to the rising sun. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

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