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Devotees offer prayers during Chhath Puja on the banks of Kolong river in Nagaon district of Assam.

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Devotees on their way to River Ganga during Chhath Puja in Kolkata.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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Hindu devotees offer prayers during the 'Chhat Puja' on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati on 17 November 2015. Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun during the Chhath Festival, expressing thanks and seeking the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and rivers.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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On the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati on 17 November 2015.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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Devotees offer prayers during the Chhat festival at the gardens of India Gate in New Delhi on November 17, 2015. Chhath festival, also known as Surya Pooja (worship of the sun), is observed in eastern parts of India where homage is paid to the sun and water Gods, eight days after Diwali. During the Chhath festival devotees undergo a fast and offer water and milk to the Sun God at dawn and dusk.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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Devotees offer prayers during the Chhat festival at the gardens of India Gate in New Delhi on November 17, 2015.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad with his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi and family members offering prayers during Chhath puja in Patna.

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Chhath: As the winter sets in here

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Chhat Puja on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati on 17 November 2015.

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On the banks of the river Yamuna in New Delhi. During Chhath festival, devotees undergo a fast and offer water and milk to the Sun God at dawn and dusk.

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CHHATH CELEBRATIONS

Chhath: As the winter sets in here's celebrating the sun

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A large part of North India is busy preparing for Chhath Pooja. Preparations for the festival, popular particularly in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, commence with Diwali.

Chhath Pooja is popular even in cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, which host a large number of migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The festival celebrates the our bond with nature, underscoring the importance of preserving the environment. Devotees stand in water and worship the sun god, offering fruits to the sun.

Like every year, this year too people are celebrating Chhath Pooja rituals by making small pools of water on rooftops.

But in Delhi, people have to brave the stench of Yamuna to celebrate. The way we are polluting our water resources, the day is not far when we would find it difficult to celebrate festivals like Chhath at all.

Text by Vikas Kumar

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