Cityplus ALSO PUBLISHED FROM: Hyderabad Bangalore Pune Navi Mumbai Fashion | Health | Lifestyle | Entertainment | Interiors | Community Vol #6 | Issue #8 | 12 Pages Delhi NCR - Noida November 6 - November 12, 2011 www.jagrancityplus.com CHHATH FEVER GRIPS NOIDA MAGNIFICENT DIYAS, FLOWERS AND COLOURS MADE CHHATH CELEBRATIONS LIVELY AS CHHATHVRATIS OF NOIDA THRONGED YAMUNA'S BANKS AND SANATAN DHARM TEMPLE ON NOVEMBER 1 EVENING TO OFFER THEIR FIRST OFFERING (ARGHYA) TO THE SETTING SUN. F rom 3 pm, there was a huge rush of devotees to find a spot to perform rituals at the temple as the women followed their men with bamboo baskets perched on their head. According to the ritual, women observed fast from Monday, which is known as kharna. "On the first day of Chhath Puja, the devotees take a dip in the river or pond and carry home the holy water of the river to prepare the offerings. The house and surroundings are cleaned," said Sukhmanya Devi, a chhathvarti from Sector 14. Chhath Puja is celebrated every year by thousands of devotees at three main locations in Noida - Kalindi Kunj, Sector 71 and near Chhijarsi village. The ghats are also decorated for this purpose. This three-day festival is celebrated on the sixth day of `Shukla Paksh` in the month of Kartik. CONTD. ON PG 10
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