Dibrugarh, November 18: The ancient festival dedicated to the Sun God, commonly known as Chhat Puja, celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali, was observed by the people here with great devotion and fervor.
This year the organizers of Chhat Puja, as part of the festival rituals, had spruced up the ghats, cleaned and swept the roads and made arrangements to provide the worshipers a spiritual environment for offering their prayers.
The entire roads leading up to the ghats were illumited with decorative lights. The people even burst crackers and lighted earthen lamps in their homes as part of the celebrations.
SIVASAGAR: The two-day Chhat Puja culmited with morning offerings to the Sun God in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Thousands of devotees participated in the Chhat Puja festivities with religious fervour and gaiety and offered prayers to Sun God on the river banks of Darika and Dikhow in Sivasagar.
Dhekiajuli: Chhat Puja was celebrated with great religious fervour at the Dhirai river bank of Dhekiajuli.
Hundreds of people offered prayers to the Sun God . The devotees started gathering at the river bank side from Tuesday 3 pm onwards till the wee hours of Wednesday. Over the years the people of Dhekiajuli and its neighbouring areas have been celebrating Chhat Puja. The Chhat Puja Committee of Dhekiajuli had arranged various utility services for the devotees offering prayers in the Dhirai River bank.
Different political party leaders attended the function held at the Dhirai river bank. Assam Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Bhimanda Tanti visited the Dhirai river bank and greeted the people. Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Habul Chakraborty also greeted the people and visited the Chhat Puja venue. Meanwhile the district administration had made tight security arrangements for preventing any untoward incidence.
HOWRAGHAT: Devotees in the entire Karbi Anglong hill district celebrated Chhat Puja with great fervour on Wednesday. At Howraghat, Bakaliaghat and Kherani in west Karbi Anglong, thousands of devotees celebrated Chhat Puja on the banks of Jamu and Kapili rivers.
As per rituals, devotees worshiped and prayed to the Sun God for the well-being, prosperity and progress of their families. The district administration had made adequate security arrangements to ensure peaceful celebrations. The celebrations passed off peacefully in the district.
UDALGURI: Chhat Puja was celebrated in Udalguri by the Hindi-speaking community.
The Chhat Puja celebration was formally iugurated by Rihon Daimari, MLA of 69 Udalguri constituency. He also assured the people that he would provide a Rangamancha for Chhat Puja at the Golandi where the puja is performed annually. Ripen Daimari, MCLA of Bhairabkunda BTC constituency, also assured to provide necessary schemes from BTC for the earth-filling to make the performing of puja convenient.
BTC speaker Tridib Daimari stressed rapid development of the community in all spheres. The opening meeting was presided over by Jang Bahadur Chouhan and the meeting was conducted by Premth Sori (Mun). The meeting was also attended by Ramkrish Chouhan, BJP leader, Balendra Brahma, NDFB (P) commander Anjalu Goyari, Uddhab Pathak, former AASU leader, Bhola Chouhan and other distinguished persons.
KHERONI: The people of Kheroni and its adjoining areas celebrated Chhat Puja on Tuesday and Wednesday with fervor and gaiety.
More than thousands of devotees, particularly women, took a holy dip in Kapili river, ponds and other water bodies in Kheroni of West Karbi Anglong, prayed and made ritual offering of wheat, milk, sugarcane and other fruits to the Sun God.
For smooth functioning of the festival, the district administration along with volunteers controlled the crowd and maintained vigil. Superintendent of Police Mohesh Sharma and the officer–in–charge of Kheroni Police Station, JS Khobung deployed sufficient numbers of volunteers and police personnel beside the bank of the Kapili River.
Lakhimpur: Chhat Puja celebration concluded in Lakhimpur on Wednesday.
During the days of the festival, the devotees were seen in the river banks worshipping the Sun God. They offered prasad and aragh to the rising sun every day.
During the third day of the puja more than 2,000 people gathered at Lakhimpur Khelmati and all of them were seen worshipping the Sun God while standing in the Somdiri river bank of Shiv Mandir. Moreover, a cultural programme for the occasion was arranged at night.