Chhath Puja is celebrated with great pomp and show six days after Diwali, especially in states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Chhath Puja celebrations began on Friday, November 17, 2023, with Chhath vratis performing rituals such as taking a bath followed by the holy bath and partaking in the offerings of pumpkin and lentils.
The four-day Chhath Puja will be celebrated till November 20. Each day of Chhath Puja involves different rituals. On the first day, devotees take a holy bath. A fast is observed on the second day and the tradition of offering Arghya to the Sun continues till the third and fourth day. During the evening and morning Arghya, the devotee and the entire family go to the river, pond or ghat.
What is the third day of Chhath Puja:
The third day is celebrated as Sandhya Arghya. This is the important third day of Chhath Puja. On this day all the family members go to the reservoir and offer Arghya to the setting sun. This year Arghya will be offered on Sunday, 19 November 2023. Sunset on this day will happen at 5:26 pm. People decorate the offerings and perform parikrama while standing in waist-deep water.
Chhath Day 3 puja material:
On the third day of Chhath Puja, the evening time is dedicated to offering Arghya to the setting sun. On this day people go to the ghats with their families and perform the ritual of offering Arghya to the setting sun.
The worship on the third day of Chhath Puja has great significance. The objects of worship on this day include a bamboo or brass soup bowl, a glass, spoon, copper pitcher for milk and water, a large basket, a plate, a lamp and khaja (sweet dish).
During Chhath Puja, definitely include these things in the puja. The list includes a new saree, two large bamboo baskets, a glass for milk and water, a lota (water pot) and thali, spoon, five sugarcane leaves, sugarcane and sweet potato, betel and betel nuts, turmeric.
On this day, keep fruits and vegetables along with Thekua in the basket. While offering Arghya to the Sun, keep all the Prasad in the soup. Light a lamp in the soup. After this, Arghya is offered to the Sun.
While offering Arghya to the Sun, include banana, pineapple, large sweet lemon, radish, ginger, taro root, sugarcane, raw turmeric and coconut in the soup.