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Chhath Puja, Azimganj from Bari Kothi

Chhath Puja, Azimganj

Exploration from Bari Kothi

Also see: FAM Tour of Bari Kothi, Azimganj

The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya and his sister Shashti Devi mother of Kartikeya (Chhathi Maiya) in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. It is the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God.

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Chhath devotes wait for the sun to rise, Bhagirathi River, Azimganj

The Sun, considered the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath fesival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress. In Hinduism, Sun worship is believed to help cure a variety of diseases, including leprosy, and helps ensure the longevity and prosperity of family members, friends, and elders.

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Murshidabad – Azimganj boat, Bhagarathi River

The rituals of the festival are extremely rigorous and are observed over a period of four days.

They include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water (Vratta), standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prashad (prayer offerings) and aragh to the setting and rising sun.

Although it is observed most elaborately in Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and the Terai regions of Nepal.

In modern times, Chhath celebration has become prevalent in areas where migrants from those areas have a presence. It is celebrated in all regions and major urban centers across India, including Kolkata and large parts of West Bengal.

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Chhath devotes wait for the sun to set, Bhagirathi River, Azimganj

Traditionally there are two Chhaths, the larger and the more elaborate one is the Karthik Chat celebrated on the Karthik Sukla Sasthi. It is celebrated six days after Diwali and corresponds to the October / November month of the Gregorian calendar.

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Devotees on the bank of Bhagariti River, Azimganj

The smaller version, known as Chaiti Chhath, is celebrated a few days after Holi. The word Chhath originates from six, as the festival is celebrated on the sixth lunar day.

In 2019 Chatt was clebrated from 31 October – 3 November and I was in Azimganj as part of Bari Kothi FAM Trip.

On 2 November we were out to Explore Murshidabad, and returned back to Azimganj on boat, a elaborate lunch spread was served on the boat.

It was a late lunch, almost at 5 pm and the sun was on the western horizon. As our boat sailed northwards along the meandering Bhagirathi River we could see the gathering Chhath devotees on the different ghats.

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Chhath Puja celebration at dawn, Bhagiriti River, Azimganj

The women performing the Chhath Puja were down in the river and water reached up to their waist level. The were looking up at the setting sun and waiting for the sun to set. As darkness descends crackers like tubri were lit up and Chinese Lanterns were let off.

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Chhath Puja celbration at day break, Bhagiriati River, Azimganj

Getting back to Bari Kothi we had a amazing tour of the grand property along with an mesmerizing  Baul performance. The tiring day ended with a grand Sherwali Dinner at the royal Durbar Hall.

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Chhath Puja celbration at day break, Bhagiriati River, Azimganj

I went to bed well past 11 pm and decided to rise up late next morning, in the process I will be skipping the Chhath celebration next morning. But old habits die hard! At about 4:15 am I was thrown out of sleep by the continuous noise of bursting crackers. Luckily it was a blessing in disguise as I decided to go out and witness the grand festivities.

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Chhath Puja devotees return home, Azimganj

Within 15 minutes I was ready with my camera and another 10 minutes of walk took me to the Azimganj Ferry Ghat where the celebration was in full swing.

Young boys danced  with Bollowood music with the thundering noise of the bursting crackers.

The women were down in waist deep water and waiting for the sun to rise. Their cheerful faces bore no sign of 36 hours long fast. It was festive time and everone was in the mood of celebration.

A couple of hours later, as we were exploring the Havelies and Jain Temples of Azimganj, we came across the Chatt Puja devotees returning from the river accompanied by the beating of the drums.

Note: I visited Bari Kothi, Azimganj as part of a FAM (familiarization) trip organized by the hotel itself

Azimganj Bari Kothi quick facts:

  1. Official website
  2. Location: Near Azimganj City station (Google map location)
  3. Tariff: Stay at Bari Kothi comes in as a complete package with food and activities. Tariff depends on the food and activities opted by the guest. For more details please contact the Bari Kothi management

Special thanks:

  1. Lipika Dudhoria and Darshan Dudhoria our wonderful host at Bari Kothi
  2. Dipti and the entire staff members of Bari Kothi
  3. Bikram for guiding us through Murshidabad, Azimganj, Jiaganj and Boronagar
  4. My fellow FAM mates Amrita & Agni (Tale of 2 Backpackers), Tanayesh (Shoe String Travel), Debjani (The Vagabong) and Masood (Photo Stic Life)
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