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Chhath Puja 2023: Guidelines for Fasting for Chhathi Mata – Dos and Don’ts

Chhath Puja 2023: The fasting ritual commences with devotees waking up early on the first day to offer worship to Lord Surya before consuming any food, signaling the initiation of the four-day fasting period.This year, the four-day festival of Chhath Puja will be celebrated from November 17 to 20.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Chhath Puja 2023: Guidelines for Fasting for Chhathi Mata – Dos and Don’ts

Chhath Puja, a significant festival dedicated to the Sun God, is celebrated with immense fervor and enthusiasm every year. The holy festivities commence on the fourth day (Chaturthi) of the Shukla Paksha in the Kartik month with Nahay Khay on November 17 and culminate on the seventh day (Saptami) of the month with Usha Arghya on November 20.

Chhath Puja, a festival revered for its auspiciousness, is believed to bestow numerous blessings upon devoted observers. Worshiping Surya Bhagwaan, the Sun God, and Chhathi Maiyya, the goddess of power and protection, is thought to usher in positive transformations in the lives of devotees.

Married women hailing from Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh partake in the four-day-long celebration of Chhath Puja. Commencing with a fast on the initial day, they conclude it on the fourth day after offering prayers to the rising Sun.

Dedicated to Chhathi Maiya and the Sun God, this festival sees women engaging in Chhath Puja festivities to seek blessings for the well-being of their family, home, wealth, and health. With Chhath Puja scheduled for November 17 this year, followers are preparing for the festival by exploring the Chhath Puja vidhi. The fasting period for Chhath Puja initiates in the evening of Panchami Tithi and concludes only after Usha Arghya on the Saptami Tithi, lasting approximately 36 hours.


1.Maintain personal hygiene during the fasting period. Before starting the rituals, take a bath and wear clean clothes.
2.Follow the specific timings for the Chhath Puja fast as per tradition.
3.Strictly adhere to a vegetarian diet during the fasting period. Avoid consuming onion and garlic, as they are considered impure.
4.Perform the ritual of offering arghya (offering of water to the Sun God) during Sunrise and Sunset.
5.Wear traditional attire while performing the Chhath Puja rituals.
Maintain a calm and peaceful environment by observing silence during the rituals.


1.Strictly avoid consuming non-vegetarian food during the fasting period.
2.Refrain from consuming alcohol and tobacco products.
3.Avoid negative thoughts and maintain a positive and peaceful mindset.
4.Many observers of Chhath Puja sleep on the floor during the fasting period. Avoid sleeping on a bed or cot.
5.It is essential to complete the fasting period as per tradition. Do not break the fast prematurely.
6.Show respect to the deities and fellow devotees. Avoid any disrespectful behavior during the festival.

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