Silchar, Nov 9: A large number of devotees offered their prayers to appease Chhati Maiya and the Sun God on the banks of Barak River at Lakhipur sub-division. An enormous number of women labourers of Lakhipur tea estate kept fast and performed the Puja, which was a new record in itself. They offered their prayers and sought blessings for their family and the tion as well. The women devotees were helped by their husbands in carrying baskets of fruits and flowers. Even showers of rain failed to dampen their spirit to perform the Puja which is very difficult.
The rain, however, turned the shore into a swampy and marshy area. Rajdeep Goala, MLA, Lakhipur provided huge amount of sand making it easier for all to perform the Puja. The womenfolk have expressed their content towards the MLA’s kind act. He also assured that the shore of the river would be made into a cemented area in order to use the shore very conveniently. He also said that a special scheme has already been adopted for the project. Idols can also be immersed once it is transformed. The MLA further said that very soon God will answer to their sincere prayers.
In addition to this, devotees of Binkandie Ghat, Pailapool, Joypur, Badribasti, Binkandie tea, Dilkush, Pabda, Boromanda, Chotomanda, Bowali, Didarkush, performed the Puja. In order to avert any unpleasant incident, Lakhipur police personnel along with 147 Bn CRPF kept patrolling the entire sub-division. Chhath is a very important Hindu-Vedic festival, falls on the fourth day after Diwali, and is celebrated for over four days. Devotees keep fast and usually abstain from drinking even water. They took holy bath in the river and offer their prayers to the Sun, both at rising and setting time.