Pune: Four-day 'Mahaparv Chhath Puja' celebrations began across the nation on Monday. During these celebrations, devotees offer special prayers to the Sun God. It is a festival connected with purity, devotion to the Sun God who is considered as the source of life on this Earth and is regarded as the deity who fulfills all our wishes.
Thousands of north Indians living in Pune are expected to participate in Chhath Puja. Devotees will offer prayers at Indrayani river, Ganesh Nagar, Bopkhel, Karve Nagar, Wagholi and Lohegaon.
Pramod Rana, President, Uttar Bhartiye Sangathan at Karve Nagar, said, "We have already started cleaning the ghat at Karve Nagar. There are hundreds of devotees who participate. We have made seating arrangements for devotees and their family members".
Binod Kumar Ojha, President, Nirbhay Adarsh Manch at Lohogaon, said, "We are celebrating this festival for the past 10 years. There are hundreds of north Indians living in Lohegaon. Many family members of armed forces also participate here. We have started making a pond in the area". The organising committee member of Ganesh Nagar Chhath Puja said, "The north Indian group of Ganeshnagar is organising and managing all the arrangements of Chhath Puja in Ganesh Nagar area. We are making a temporary pond at the venue. All arrangements are sponsored by the members of group and devotees. On the day of 'Parana', the group will provide hot water with ginger and ginger tea for the devotees".