Pune: The grand celebrations of the four-day festival, Chhath Puja is in full swing in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. On Thursday, first offering or evening offering called Sandhya Arghya or Pehla Argh took place at ponds and river banks.
The third day of Chhath Puja is known as ‘Sandhya Arghya’ as all the rituals take place in the evening. Devotees stand in water for long hours and pray for their family and loved ones.
A full day fast without water is observed on the third main day of Chhath Puja. Offering Arghya to the setting sun is the main ritual of the day. It is the only time of the year when Arghya is given to the setting sun.
People were seen in large numbers celebrating the festival in Ganeshnagar, Moshi, Alandi, Chinchwad, Wagholi, Warje, Lohegaon and other places of the city.
After the first offering on Thursday, women devotees return home and continue with their stringent fast by completely abstaining from food and water.
They will go back to the same ghat next day on Friday, to make the second offering or morning offering called Usha Arghya or Dusra Argh.
The sweet aroma of traditional delicacy ‘thekua’ fills the air as they are distributed as prasad after the puja is over. The Sun God is revered to seek his divine blessings of long life, well-being, prosperity and wisdom.