By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 6: Devotees today prayed the setting sun on the third day of the Chhath Puja, worship of the sun, in various rivers, ponds and other water bodies in the State. In Guwahati, lakhs of people were seen praying the sinking sun today. The devotees are set to offer oblation to the rising sun tomorrow when their 36-hour fast will be broken.
Chhath Puja began on Friday last. Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal, taking part on the occasion today, expressed his gratitude to the Hindi-speaking people of the State, and said: “I’m the Chief Minister of Assam with your help. I hope to get support from you in pushing the State ahead. The Bhojpuris are an integral part of the greater Assamese society. The people of this community staying worldwide are industrious and tolerant.”
In Guwahati city there are 36 Chhath Puja organizing committees. They made all arrangements for parghats with separate rooms for women to get their dresses changes after having bath in the river. They also made all arrangements for drinking water, CCTV cameras etc.
From the district administration security arrangement with the deployment of river police, NDRF and SDRF, fire service, SSB, scouts and guides personnel, besides deployment of medicos.
At Shukreshwar Ghat at Fancy Bazar in the city, the Purbottar Hindustani Yuvak Samaj organized a cultural meet where artistes from Mumbai performed.
There were heavy traffic srls in the city today despite the traffic administration in the district taking special measures to ease traffic congestion.