history of Chhath Puja
There are many mythological and folk tales that proclaim the tradition of Chhath Puja and its importance. The most important aspect of worship is its simplicity, purity. This festival, full of devotion and spirituality,
*According to a mythological folklore, after the conquest of Lanka, Maryada Purushottam Rama returned to Ayodhya on the day of Deepavali after completing a period of fourteen years of exile. Ayodhya was blessed by having her favorite king Rama and maa Sita. Ghee lamps were burnt across the state.
*After Ram’s coronation, Rama and Sita worshiped the deity Lord Surya by fasting on Kartik Shukla Shashthi and taking blessings to establish Ram Rajya from Lord on Saptami by completing their rituals at sunrise. . Since then the festival of Chhath became popular.
* According to another belief, Chhath festival was started in Mahabharata period. First Sun son Karna started worshiping Sun God. Karna was the ultimate devotee of Lord Surya. He used to stand in water till the waist for hours every day and offer arghya to the sun. It was by the grace of the Sun that he became a great warrior. Even today, this method of arghya dan is prevalent in Chhath.
* Some stories mention the worship of the Sun by Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas. She wished regular health to her family and performed regular sun worship for a long life.