Devotees offered prayers to the setting sun on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month

Ranchi: On the third day of the four-day festival Chhath, first Arghya is offered on the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Devotees offered Arghya to the setting sun. Arghya offered to the rising Sun God on 15th April. Sunrise will be at 05:28 am. After this, the four-day long festival of Chhath will end with the end of Vrati.

On the day of first Arghya, Arghya is offered to the setting sun. The devotees observe Nirjala fast throughout the day and in the evening go to any pond, river or water reservoir and worship the Sun. After this, Arghya is offered to the setting sun with milk and water. 

According to the scriptures, Arghya should be offered to the Sun God by mixing milk and Ganga water in a copper pot. Astachalgami i.e. the setting sun is worshiped only during Chhath Puja.  It is believed that at this time Surya lives with his second wife Pratyusha. That is why Arghya is offered to Pratyusha.

Worshiping the Sun in the evening brings prosperity in life. Offering Arghya to the setting sun removes all kinds of problems. Chhath Mahaparva is a festival that lasts for four days. There is bathing and eating on the first day. 

Kharna has to be done on the second day. On this day, devotees observe fast throughout the day and prepare Kharna Prasad. After worship in the evening, Prasad (Kheer) is taken. After this the 36-hour waterless fast begins.

Vrati consumes food and water only after Parana. On the third day, Arghya is offered to the setting sun. Whereas on the fourth day i.e. Saptami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month, Arghya is offered to the rising Sun.

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