Extensive preparations for Chhath, the great festival of folk faith in Bihar, devotees will offer prayers to the setting sun today.

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Patna, November 19 (Language) On Sunday evening, on the third day of the four-day festival Chhath Puja, the most popular festival of Bihar, devotees will worship Goddess ‘Chhathi Maiya’ by offering Arghya to the setting sun.

On Sunday evening, in the capital Patna, devotees will worship Goddess ‘Chhathi Maiya’ by offering Arghya to the setting sun in various ghats and ponds of the holy river Ganga in different parts of the state.

Bihar government has made extensive arrangements across the state for this great festival.

Officials said that to prevent any untoward incident during Chhath Puja, Patna district administration has made elaborate security arrangements at all the 100 ghats of river Ganga here. Apart from this, several medical camps have also been set up at various ghats of Patna.

Around 5,000 additional security forces have been deployed in the state capital to control the crowd and avoid any untoward incident, a senior official said. Besides, more than 300 State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have been deployed at various ghats in the city.

On Friday morning, the first day of this great festival of worship of Lord Bhaskar, the devotees along with their family members reached the ghats and ponds of other rivers of the state including various ghats of river Ganga passing near the capital Patna and took bath and worshiped the sun. The ritual of Nahay-Khay was completed.

On this holy festival of Surya worship, on the next day of Nahay-Khay i.e. on Saturday, the devotees observed waterless fast and Kharna was performed and kheer and roti made of milk, rice and jaggery were offered.

The 36-hour waterless fast of the fasting people will be completed with Paran after offering Arghya to the setting sun on Sunday evening of 19th November and to the rising sun on 20th November.

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