Chhath Puja 2023: On Monday, the last day of the four-day Chhath Puja festival, devotees offered Arghya to the rising sun. Scenes emerged in Patna, Ranchi, Varanasi, Delhi and many other places of devotees offering morning arghya to the rising sun. Not only this, Chhath, the great festival of folk faith, is celebrated with devotion by a large number of people not only in the country but also in foreign countries. People of Indian origin celebrated this festival in America and Australia.
Meanwhile, in Delhi on Monday morning, devotees were seen standing knee-deep in toxic foam in the Yamuna to worship the rising sun. Toxic foam is seen floating on the surface of the polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations at Kalindi Kunj in the national capital. The toxic foam is caused by the high phosphate content in the Yamuna River, which can cause skin and respiratory problems.
Toxic condition of Yamuna
Despite substantial promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party on cleaning the holy river, the situation of Yamuna remains the same. The poisonous foam of Yamuna also started a round of political allegations and counter-allegations between BJP and AAP. Earlier, AAP Minister Atishi had inspected Burari Ghat and assured that soon the scum in Yamuna would be cleared.
People celebrated Chhath with great pomp in America and Australia also.
As Chhath Puja 2023 concluded with Paran on Monday, many Indian-origin people from New Jersey and New York took to water bodies in the United States and celebrated the festival. Members of the Indian community gathered on both Saturday and Sunday for the festivities. According to media reports, they had gathered on the coast to celebrate Chhath Puja at Papayani Park in Edison, New Jersey. The parks were decorated with flowers and women were seen in Indian attire. They offered prayers and performed traditional rituals. At the same time, thousands of Indian families gathered together in Melbourne, Australia on this occasion and concluded Chhath Mahavrat by offering Arghya to the rising sun in the morning.