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Chhath Puja 2017: Devotees flock to pay respects to the Sun God

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Published : Oct 28, 2017, 12:45 pm IST
Updated : Jan 10, 2018, 1:51 pm IST
Chhath Puja 2017 is an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth and seeking the divine blessings. (All photos: PTI, AP)
Chhath Puja 2017 is an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth and seeking the divine blessings. (All photos: PTI, AP)
Hindu devotees wait for the sunrise to pray to the Sun god on the banks of the river Yamuna during Chhath Puja in New Delhi, India. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth and seeking the divine blessings. (Photo: AP)
Hindu devotees wait for the sunrise to pray to the Sun god on the banks of the river Yamuna during Chhath Puja in New Delhi, India. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth and seeking the divine blessings. (Photo: AP)
Hindu devotees wait for the sunrise to pray to the Sun god on the banks of the river Yamuna during Chhath Puja in New Delhi, India on Friday. Chhath is observed six days after Diwali and is a major festival of the 'Purvanchalis' settled in different parts of the country, including the national capital. (Photo: AP)
Hindu devotees wait for the sunrise to pray to the Sun god on the banks of the river Yamuna during Chhath Puja in New Delhi, India on Friday. Chhath is observed six days after Diwali and is a major
festival of the 'Purvanchalis' settled in different parts
of the country, including the national capital. (Photo: AP)
Former chief minister of Bihar Rabri Devi performs rituals during Chhath Puja festival in Patna on Friday. Chhath began with the the ritual of 'Nahai-Khai' in which devotees prepare traditional food after bathing on October 24. (Photo: PTI)
Former chief minister of Bihar Rabri Devi performs rituals during Chhath Puja festival in Patna on Friday. Chhath began with the the ritual of 'Nahai-Khai' in which
devotees prepare traditional food after bathing on October 24. (Photo: PTI)
A devotee performs rituals during Chhath Puja at the bank of river Narmda in Jabalpur on Friday morning. Traditionally, married women hold the fast of Chhath for long lives of their sons. (Photo: PTI)
A devotee performs rituals during Chhath Puja at the bank of river Narmda in Jabalpur on Friday morning. Traditionally, married women hold the fast of Chhath for
long lives of their sons.  (Photo: PTI)
Children are lying on the road as woman devotees crosses performs a ritual during Chatth Puja festival in Kolkata on Friday morning. The second day is called 'Kharna', during which devotees observe a day-long fast which ends with sunset.(Photo: PTI)
Children are lying on the road as woman devotees crosses performs a ritual during Chatth Puja festival in Kolkata on Friday morning. The second day is called 'Kharna', during which devotees
observe a day-long fast which ends with sunset.(Photo: PTI)
Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath puja in Gurugram on Friday. They then cook 'kheer' (pudding) and roti on earthen chullahs, which is then distributed as 'prasad'.(Photo: PTI)
Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath puja in Gurugram on Friday.  They then cook 'kheer' (pudding) and roti on earthen
chullahs, which is then distributed as 'prasad'.(Photo: PTI)
Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath puja at ''Galta ji'' in Jaipur on Friday. In the next two days prayers are offered to the Sun god while standing in rivers, ponds and other nearby waterbodies. (Photo: PTI)
Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Chhath puja at ''Galta ji'' in Jaipur on Friday. In the next
two days prayers are offered to the Sun god while standing in
rivers, ponds and other nearby waterbodies. (Photo: PTI)
Hindu devotees perform religious rituals early morning while offering prayers to the Sun God in the River Yamuna during Chhath festival in Allahabad, India. This year the number of ghats where Chhath was held in Delhi rose to 565 from 268 Ghats last year. (Photo: AP)
Hindu devotees perform religious rituals early morning while offering prayers to the Sun God in the River Yamuna during Chhath festival in Allahabad, India. This year the number of ghats where Chhath was held in Delhi rose
to 565 from 268 Ghats last year. (Photo: AP)

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