Kumar Rajiv Nayan
Ara: Thousands of Chhath devotees thronged different ghats on the banks of rivers Ganga, Sone and different ponds and canals since early morning in Bhojpur district to offer Arghya to the rising Sun. As the Sun god was seen rising in the east, the devotees clad in yellow saree and dhoti entered the water and prayed to the Sun God and took kalsoop into their hands one by one and and their family mmbers, friends and neighbours offered Aarghya or oblation with milk.
After Arghya, the devotees offered ‘hawan’ and distributed prasad among people. At Godana road, Ara, devotees observed one minute silence in memory of the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives at Uri in J&K in terrorist attack, before going for arghya. Bhojpur District Magistrate Birendra Prasad Yadav was seen carrying daura as his wife had observed Chhath. People in Ara and adjoining areas had decorated the roads leading to ghats. Earthen lamps were put on either side of roads and Ara town was decorated with colourful lights, festoons, balloons and flags. The enthusiastic youths swept the roads and sprinkled water on them. The town wore a festive look indeed. All the Sun temples were tastefully decorated with colourful lights and people made rangolis at different places on the road late November 6 evening after the devotees returned to their respective home after offering arghya to the setting Sun god.