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Chhath Puja 2020: How to celebrate festival amid COVID-19 pandemic at your homes

With the Delhi High Court declining to entertain a plea challenging the Aam Aadmi Party government’s order prohibiting Chhath Puja at public places and ghats in the national capital this year, devotees have to celebrate this festival at their homes.

The four-day-long Chhath Puja begins is majorly celebrated in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and in parts of Nepal. Since the main puja revolves around the Sun God, the sunrise and sunset timings are crucial. 

How to celebrate Chhath Puja at home?

With no permission for a community celebration of Chhath Puja, devotees can pay obeisance to the Sun God at artificial water bodies such as ponds or tanks at houses or housing societies.

In unprecedented times such as this amid the COVID-19 pandemic, devotees can pray to the Sun God at their homes near the artificial water body.

In many housing societies, there are fountains or ponds where devotees can perform the puja rituals by maintaining social distancing norms and other COVID-19 guidelines.

Timings and rituals of Chhath Puja 2020:

The main day of Chhath Puja is on the Shashthi of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. Chhath Puja is done on this day only. The third day of the festival is the main puja day, and it is called Chhath Puja. It is observed on Shashti Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. On this day, women offer Sandhya Arghya. Women observe a day-long fast and break it only on the following day after sunrise. 

Sunrise time: 6:48 amSunset time: 5:26 pm

The last day of Chhath Puja is observed on the seventh day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month. Women, who observe the Chhat Puja Vrat, break their fast (do the Parana) on this day. They offer their prayers and water to the Sun God. This year, Usha Arghya and Parana of Chhath Puja will take place on November 21. 

Sunrise time: 6:49 amSunset time: 5:25 pm

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