Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday participated in the early morning rituals and celebrations of Chhath Puja – the festival of worshiping the Sun (Surya) and his wife Usha (Chhathi Maiya). He visited the Pandu Port Ghat, on the banks of the Bharmputra river and met the devotees present at the Chhat festival. “On the occasion of Chhat Puja, I visited the Ghat. I also met the devotees and offered prayers,” he told news agency ANI.
Sharing pictures of his visit on social media, the BJP leader wrote on Twitter: “It was truly a divine feeling to stand with the devotees. Wishing Chhat Maiya happiness, peace and prosperity to all.”
“I am happy to visit the Pandu Port Ghat on the banks of the Brahmaputra and spend time with the devotees of Chhath Maiyya,” he shared.
This year, the Chhat festival begins on Nahay Khay (Chaturthi) Friday when devotees take a holy dip. It is followed by Kharna (Panchami) or Lohanda on Saturday when a daily nirjala fast (without food and water) is observed by devotees from sunrise to sunset.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the country in greeting people celebrating Chhat. Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and many other leaders have extended their wishes.
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