It is believed that there are 33 Koti (“KOTI” meaning types. Wrongly translated as Crore.) gods and goddess in Hindu Mythology.
And each type of god or goddess are worshiped with proper devotions and dedications. And the rituals are mostly region specific. All these types makes a long list of rituals or Puja in Hindu religion.
Chhath Puja is one of the which is celebrated with strong devotion and dedication. Goddess “Chhathi Maiya” is worshiped during this puja. Chhathi Maiya is known as the beloved youngest wife of God SURYA the SUN god. And the only ritual which signifies both the rising and setting SUN. The rituals at this day is to wake up early in the morning, take a holy bath in the river and keep fast for whole day, during this whole event devotees follow a pure and clean lifestyle for four days even people do not drink water and they keep themselves standing in the water for a long time. End of fourth day they all come to river bank and offer their prayers to SUN. They take holy bath during sun set and sun rise. The process of holy bath during sun set and sun rise is resembled with the Cycle of Life started with DeathThey offer “Prasad” and “Aragha” to the rising sun, They pray for the well-being, success and progress of their family members, friends, and elders. According to the Hinduism, Sun worship is related to the cure of a range of diseases such as leprosy, etc. It is celebrated in the various states of India like Bihar, UP, Jharkhand and Nepal. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated at 6th day of the month of “Kartika” (month of October or November).
About Arup Biswas
I am a Passionate Street and Travel Photographer from Siliguri , West Bengal. A Computer Teacher by profession. My interest in photography developed at very small age while toying around with a small film camera and Compact Digital Camera. I bought my First DSLR Camera in 2010 and started taking picture on street and different type of Landscape. Unaware of the concept of photography. I am a self taught photographer. I worked on my skills through images of famous photographers in street and travel photography genre.
I strongly believes that an image is a success when the viewer can connect with the subject in the photograph. I like capturing people in their natural behavior and surrounding beauty and thinks that every situation has a story to tell. I am to show reality on my image as well as beauty of Nature.
Photography holds a lot of meaning in my life. When I am shooting I am transported to a different world, a world where only my subject and I exist, oblivious of other things. Raghu Rai’s , kevin carter’s and my fav. Amlan Sanyal’s work have inspired me greatly. My friends and family have always been strong pillars of support specially my Spouse and Mother, without them I would never have relised my passion.