Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday greeted people on the occasion of ‘Chhath Puja’, a festival celebrated in parts of the country on the sixth day after Diwali.
“Heartfelt greetings to everyone on the occasion of Chhath Puja,” the Gandhi scion tweeted.
आप सभी को छठ पूजा की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 26, 2017
The Puja is dedicated to the Sun God and his wife Usha to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request granting of wishes.
Rituals of the festival are rigorous and are observed over a period of four days.
They include holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water (barta), standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prashad (prayer offerings) and arghya to the setting and rising sun.
Some devotees also perform a prostration march as they head for the river banks.
It is one of the most popular festivals in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.