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Kolkata: Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja on the bank of Hooghly river.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

TMC govt enforces ban on Chhath puja at two major lakes in Kolkata; crusaders relieved

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:54 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Chhath puja cannot be allowed at the Rabindra Sarobar which is considered one of the lungs of the city because of its green cover.
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A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection, at Najafgarh, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus infection, at Najafgarh, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Centre may rush teams to more states experiencing Covid-19 surge and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:49 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Lucknow’s Gomti riverfront, the Ganga banks in Varanasi and Patna and other places in Mumbai, Delhi and Bhubaneswar were abuzz with devotees despite the Covid-19 restrictions, according to news agency ANI.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)
Lucknow’s Gomti riverfront, the Ganga banks in Varanasi and Patna and other places in Mumbai, Delhi and Bhubaneswar were abuzz with devotees despite the Covid-19 restrictions, according to news agency ANI.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)

Chhath Puja concludes, devotees offer ‘arghya’ keeping Covid-19 protocols at bay

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:47 AM IST
The four-day celebration period of Chhath Puja, dedicated to the Sun God, see rituals known as Prathihar, Dala Chhath, Chhathi, and Surya Shashthi.
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Chatth Puja will be held on Friday.(Representative photo/PTI)
Chatth Puja will be held on Friday.(Representative photo/PTI)

No Chhath puja at two main water bodies in Kolkata, rule Supreme Court, Calcutta HC

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2020 06:27 PM IST
While green activists in Kolkata welcomed Thursday’s court orders, CM Banerjee appealed to the Hindi-speaking population to observe Chhath puja at home or in their respective neighbourhoods, using artificial water tanks that the government created over the past few days
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Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station to manage crowd during Chhath celebrations(Twitter/VivekVs30)
Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station to manage crowd during Chhath celebrations(Twitter/VivekVs30)

Chhath puja 2020: Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station makes special arrangement for safety of women commuters

By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | New Delhi [India]
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 05:10 PM IST
From a special helpdesk to stationed doctors tackling any medical contingency, Delhi’s Anand Vihar Railway Station makes special arrangements for women commuters and their safety during the Chhath festival
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Sidharth Malhotra hits Delhi streets on a bicycle to ‘burn those extra calories’ post Diwali(Instagram/sidmalhotra)
Sidharth Malhotra hits Delhi streets on a bicycle to ‘burn those extra calories’ post Diwali(Instagram/sidmalhotra)

Watch: Sidharth Malhotra hits Delhi streets on a bicycle to ‘burn those extra calories’ post Diwali

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:34 PM IST
The mouthwatering festivities this Diwali have left us with those unwanted fat in the cheeks and tummy but Sidharth Malhotra encourages fitness enthusiasts and fans to burn those extra calories ‘on the wheels’ as he does the same on Delhi streets | Check video inside
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)

Don’t play politics over Chhath Puja: Kejriwal’s message to BJP

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 03:23 PM IST
Non-emergency surgeries will be stalled for the time being in Delhi to ensure maximum care to Covid-19 patients, Kejriwal announced.
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Administration has cited rising number of Covid-19 cases to ban Chhath puja at public places in Dehradun.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO/Representative)
Administration has cited rising number of Covid-19 cases to ban Chhath puja at public places in Dehradun.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO/Representative)

Chhath Puja banned in public places in Dehradun due to Covid-19 surge

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 11:30 AM IST
All devotees have been advised to strictly wear masks and follow social distancing measures during the celebrations.
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Each devotee prepares the same offering for the Sun God and arrives at the banks of the rivers and ponds for extending prayers.(Unsplash)
Each devotee prepares the same offering for the Sun God and arrives at the banks of the rivers and ponds for extending prayers.(Unsplash)

Chhath Puja 2020: History, significance and date of the celebration

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 11:58 AM IST
Chhath Puja 2020: On this day, devotees offer prayers to the God of light, as he is considered the life force that binds the universe and gives energy to all living things.
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A view of Nasriganj Ghat ahead of Chhath Pooja festival, in Patna.(HT photo)
A view of Nasriganj Ghat ahead of Chhath Pooja festival, in Patna.(HT photo)

Chhath puja celebrations are prohibited in these states amid Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:05 AM IST
The Chhath Puja is celebrated on the sixth day of the Kartik month every year. During the festival, women and men fast and worship Sun and his wife Usha to express gratitude and pray for the prosperity of their family. Chhath puja will end on Saturday morning after prayers to the rising sun.
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Chhath Puja 2020 wishes to share with your loved ones(HT Graphic)
Chhath Puja 2020 wishes to share with your loved ones(HT Graphic)

Chhath Puja 2020: Quotes, images, messages and wishes to share with your loved ones

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 11:51 AM IST
Chhath Puja 2020 is a Hindu festival dominantly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the country of Nepal, and this year it will be celebrated on Friday, November 20.
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Buses to Bihar too saw a decrease in passengers. GS Yadav, who runs the Jai Mata Di Travels and operates buses from Delhi to Bihar, said the number of passengers have dipped by 20% compared to the Chhath last year.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Buses to Bihar too saw a decrease in passengers. GS Yadav, who runs the Jai Mata Di Travels and operates buses from Delhi to Bihar, said the number of passengers have dipped by 20% compared to the Chhath last year.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Covid-19 pandemic fears kill the rush on trains, buses, many prefer to drive home for Chhath

By Shiv Sunny | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 04:55 AM IST
Deepak Kumar, spokesperson for Northern Railway, said the number of passengers seeking train tickets for Bihar and eastern states this time were fewer and he attributed this to the pandemic and people’s concerns about social distancing.
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NCC cadets clean the banks of Yamuna river during 'Chhath' festival in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)
NCC cadets clean the banks of Yamuna river during 'Chhath' festival in New Delhi, Wednesday.(PTI)

‘Only 1,000 persons?’ Delhi HC expresses surprise over Chhath Puja plea

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 04:43 PM IST
The high court said it appeared that the petitioner is not alive to the Covid-19 situation.
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Chhath puja is mainly observed by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand, and bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh, and it will be celebrated on November 20.(ANI)
Chhath puja is mainly observed by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand, and bordering areas in Uttar Pradesh, and it will be celebrated on November 20.(ANI)

Chhath Puja: UP govt urges people to celebrate at home, follow Covid protocol

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Lucknow,
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:38 PM IST
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.
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BJP workers stage a protest against the ban on Chhath Puja in public places, outside the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on November 17.(PTI)
BJP workers stage a protest against the ban on Chhath Puja in public places, outside the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on November 17.(PTI)

Chhath Puja: North Delhi mayor to ask CM, L-G to reconsider ban on festival at public places

By Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:05 PM IST
Mayor Jai Prakash said the ban will force people to celebrate the festival locally which can lead to the spread of the virus
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Devotees at the ghat early on November 18 morning in Patna.(Photo:Santosh Kumar)
Devotees at the ghat early on November 18 morning in Patna.(Photo:Santosh Kumar)

Chhath Puja celebrations begin, a million devotees at ghats for Bihar’s biggest festival

By Megha | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:01 PM IST
Authorities in Patna have appealed to the devotees to perform the puja at their homes to reduce the number of devotees at ghats in view of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Satyendar Jain.(HT File)
Satyendar Jain.(HT File)

Covid-19: No lockdown, but there may be local restrictions, says Delhi health minister

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 12:43 PM IST
On Tuesday, 6,396 cases were reported with just over 49,000 tests, as per the daily health bulletin released by the Delhi government
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Shouting slogans against the Kejriwal government and demanding that the chief minister should either lift the ban or resign, the protesters claimed that they will celebrate Chhath, no matter what.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Shouting slogans against the Kejriwal government and demanding that the chief minister should either lift the ban or resign, the protesters claimed that they will celebrate Chhath, no matter what.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Delhi Govt declares November 20 as public holiday on account of Chhath Puja

By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 07:54 PM IST
Earlier in the day, BJP Puravnchal Morcha held a protest march towards the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against the government’s decision of banning Chhath Puja on the banks of river Yamuna and public ghats.
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Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja in 2016.(Representational Photo/HT Archive)
Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja in 2016.(Representational Photo/HT Archive)

BJP to protest govt ban on Chhath Puja outside Delhi CM Kejriwal’s residence

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 12:02 PM IST
The Delhi government has banned community celebrations of Chhath Puja at public places like river banks, temples, ghats amid a surge in Covid-19 cases
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Every year, massive crowds gather at various water bodies across Jharkhand to worship the setting sun and then the rising sun next morning.(HT file photo)
Every year, massive crowds gather at various water bodies across Jharkhand to worship the setting sun and then the rising sun next morning.(HT file photo)

Covid-19: Jharkhand bans Chhath Puja in public water bodies

By Sanjoy Dey | Hindustan Times, Ranchi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:05 AM IST
The main rituals for Chhath Puja are to be performed on November 20 evening and November 21 morning this year
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Chhat puja, observed mainly by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh region, is on November 20 this year.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Time)
Chhat puja, observed mainly by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh region, is on November 20 this year.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Time)

No Chhath Puja celebration near water bodies in Jharkhand

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 10:18 AM IST
“Chhath puja in water bodies including public ponds, lakes, rivers, dams, reservoirs shall not be permitted in view of Covid-19 pandemic,” said a notice issued by the government.
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JD(U) supporters raise slogans during a protest against Delhi govt after it said that no Chhath Puja will occur at public places due to Covid-19, at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 15, 2020 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
JD(U) supporters raise slogans during a protest against Delhi govt after it said that no Chhath Puja will occur at public places due to Covid-19, at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 15, 2020 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

JD(U) holds protest against Delhi’s Chhath Puja Ban

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:02 PM IST
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party was hiding its incapability as it failed to make proper arrangements for the celebrations, the protesters alleged. “The government must at least allow the people who are fasting to go to the ghats while following all Covid-19 protocol,” JD(U) general secretary Satya Prakash Mishra said.
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Chhath Puja (File Photo/ANI)
Chhath Puja (File Photo/ANI)

No Chhath Puja at public places in Delhi due to Covid-19, rules DDMA

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 06:41 PM IST
In an order, Delhi chief secretary Vijay Dev, who is also the DDMA executive committee chairman, directed all DMs and DCPs to ensure strict compliance of its order. On Tuesday, Delhi had recorded its highest daily Covid-19 infection count of 7,830.
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Customers look to buy green crackers ahead of Diwali festival in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)
Customers look to buy green crackers ahead of Diwali festival in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO)

Only green cracker sale allowed in 6 Uttarakhand cities, 2-hour window for bursting them during festivals

PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 05:27 PM IST
The Trivendra Singh Rawat-led government allowed the public to burst green crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on the occasion of Diwali and Gurupurab and from 6 am to 8 am for Chhath Puja.
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Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja on the banks of Hooghly river in Kolkata in 2016.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja on the banks of Hooghly river in Kolkata in 2016.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Calcutta high court bans Chhath Puja processions across the state

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 09:26 AM IST
The police have been directed to ensure that no crackers are sold or used in Kolkata
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Environment and health experts have warned that chronic exposure to air pollutants is associated with severe infections and higher mortality. They feel that lungs compromised due to pollution could lead to complications like pneumonia during Covid-19. (HT File photo)
Environment and health experts have warned that chronic exposure to air pollutants is associated with severe infections and higher mortality. They feel that lungs compromised due to pollution could lead to complications like pneumonia during Covid-19. (HT File photo)

Firecrackers banned during Diwali, Kali and Chhath Puja in Bengal: Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 07:29 PM IST
While hardly any crackers are used during Durga Puja – the biggest festival in West Bengal - huge amount of crackers are used during the Kali Puja and Diwali every year leading to severe air pollution.
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Devotees at a ghat during Chhath Puja in 2019.(HT Archive)
Devotees at a ghat during Chhath Puja in 2019.(HT Archive)

Kolkata: PIL to be filed to restrict gathering during Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Chhath Puja

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 11:46 AM IST
West Bengal has witnessed a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases during the festive season with people coming out in large numbers for puja shopping, eating out and pandal-hopping without wearing masks and without maintaining physical distance
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People shopping ahead of Durga Puja, New Market area, Kolkata, October 11.(PTI)
People shopping ahead of Durga Puja, New Market area, Kolkata, October 11.(PTI)

Covid-19: My dilemma in the festive season, writes Karan Thapar

UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Many want to enjoy Durga Puja, Dussehra and Eid. These are cherished festivals and God, they hope, will protect them. But what if the virus gets them first? On the other hand, if they stay indoors, neither spending nor celebrating, they can crush what little hope we have of the economy improving
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Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja in Kolkata.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Devotees celebrating Chhath Puja in Kolkata.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

TMC to challenge ban on Chhath puja at Kolkata lake, BJP supports move

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Posted by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 01:04 PM IST
Environment experts are against using the lakes for religious rituals since it sustain fragile ecology in the area.
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