CM takes part in Chhath rituals, prays for welfare and prosperity of Jharkhand
Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das along with his son Lalit Das took part in Chhath celebrations at Surya Mandir in Sidhgora. He was also accompanied by the family of his officer on special duty (OSD), Rakesh Choudhary.
Talking to media-persons, the CM said, “Chhath is an important part of our culture as we pray to the Sun God, the source of energy on earth. My prayers to the Sun God are for the prosperity and welfare of the people of Jharkhand and the country. The state government is committed to alleviate poverty from the state.”
Das said it was only due to the Sun God that he became the CM of the state to serve the people.
Over five lakh people offered obeisance to the Sun God on Thursday evening and Friday morning at 20 major ghats on the banks of Kharkai and Swarnarekha rivers and on the sides of ponds and artificial reservoirs across the city.
The Swarnarekha Ghat in Sakchi, one of the most crowded Chhath ghats of the city, witnessed a footfall of over 1 lakh devotees on Chhath. It was abuzz with activities as devotees turned up in large numbers for offering ardhya (obeisance) to the Sun God on the two days of the festival.
As per the ritual, the worshipers went to the ghats holding their offerings in baskets held high. At several places, the devotees sat outside temporary canopies made from sugar cane stalks. Before sunrise, worshipers returned to the riverbank to pray to the rising sun. This ritual is considered the focal point of the ceremony of Chhath Puja. Following prayers and the purifying bathing ritual, the fast ended with the offering of Prasad to the Sun God.
“The festival is a way to thank the Sun God for giving us energy. Chhath Puja is performed to promote the well being, progress and prosperity of family, relatives and friend,” said a housewife.
Several temporary canopies were put up by various city based social organizations for helping the devotees and providing them essential puja items.
Danger zones were demarcated with red flag-bearing bamboo poles and barricades. Medical teams with ambulance were also present at all Chhath ghats. Civil defence personnel were also deployed with life jackets, paddle boats for rescue operations.
Nearly three lakh devotees thronged the Sonari Domuhani (the confluence of Kharkai and Swarnarekha rivers) to offer ardhya. Several temporary bamboo structures were built as changing rooms for women devotees here and at other ghats.