Festivals to boost the thrill in Bihar

Chatth Puja

This is probably the most famous festival of this State. When one hears Chatth Puja, Bihar instantly comes to the mind. This is an actually an ancient Hindu festival which is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, and take place 6 days after Diwali. It is an expression of thanks giving and seeking blessings from the Almighty for sustaining life on Earth. During this festival, the person observing Chatth, also known as Parvati, observes a fast from dawn to dusk which concludes with sweets. This fast is followed by another fast for 36 hours till the final day, when puja...

Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej – a festival dedicated to Maa Hartalika is a fasting observed by Hindu women. Hartalika Teej falls on the third day of the first fortnight of the month of ‘Bhadra’. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the acceptance of Parvati’s love towards him by Lord Shiva. Women celebrate Hartalika Teej to seek divine blessings from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Unmarried women also observe the ritual in anticipation of a happy married life.

Jivitputrika

A three-day long festival is celebrated from the seventh to the ninth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in Ashwin month of Hindu Bikram Sambat that falls generally in September. The first day, the day before Jivitputrika is known as Nahai-khai. On that day, mothers take food only after having their bath. On Jivitputrika day, a strict fast, called Khur Jitiya, is observed without water. On the third day, the fast ends with Paaran, taking the first food of the day. In Mithila , Tharuhat, the region of northeastern Bihar, and eastern Nepal, a variety of food and a special festival delicacy Jhor...

Makar Sankranti Mela

The Makar Sankranti Mela is held every year at Rajgir (a town in Bihar) in the month of January. The devotees make flower offering to the deities in the temple and take a dip in the holy water. Another site associated with this festival is the Mandar Hills in the Banka district. According to legends, a great Asura once threatened the gods. The Lord Vishnu cut off the Asura’s head and piled up the body under the weight of the Mandar hill. The famous panchjanya – the sankh (conch shell) used in the Mahabharat war is believed to have been found here on the hills. This makes it a rather famous festival of the state.

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